Miami Plan Scratches Fillmore

A historic Miami theatre that received a multimillion-dollar revamp just a few years ago could be up against the bulldozer should a group of officials have their way.

The city is floating a renovation and expansion of the Miami Beach Convention Center and recently unveiled plans that included a new convention center hotel – smack-dab on the site of the Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater.

Demolishing the Fillmore to make way for a 1,000-room hotel has already gained support from the mayor, city manager and several business and tourism groups, according to the Miami Herald. A city planning committee reportedly endorsed it “to the point of foaming at the mouth.”

Live Nation, which operates the Fillmore, spent roughly $3.5 million renovating the venue after inking a 10-year management deal in 2007 with two 5-year renewal options.

LN Florida president Neil Jacobsen said in a statement that the company enjoys a good relationship with the city and “would be open to discussing any matter regarding the redevelopment of the convention center that the city may desire.”

A meeting to introduce the master plan to the community is set for May 13.

City manager Jorge Gonzalez told the Herald that while the Fillmore location near the beach and New World Symphony would be attractive for a hotel, the plan is still in preliminary stages.

“I want to hear what the reaction is going to be,” he said. “But at this stage of the master plan it should be in the mix.”