Sep 7, 2022 - News

Demolition work ramps up at historic Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach

Bulldozers sit at a construction site where a building is being demolished.
Workers outside the Deauville Beach Resort yesterday. Photo: Martin Vassolo/Axios

A bulldozer tore through the historic Deauville Beach Resort on Tuesday as crews resumed demolition work on the Miami Beach hotel, which famously hosted the Beatles in the 1960s.

What's happening: The hotel at 6701 Collins Ave., which has been closed since a 2017 electrical fire, is being demolished after Miami Beach's building official declared it unsafe and recommended it come down.

Catch up quick: Preliminary demolition work began in March to remove the Deauville's metallic red sign and its porte-cochere.

  • Workers had to clean up asbestos in the building before moving on to the next phase, which will include bulldozing the lobby, ballrooms and pool area, according to a city of Miami Beach memo.
  • The demolition crew will eventually implode the Deauville's 17-story tower with explosives.

Context: The land may be sold to billionaire developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who plans to build a much taller, luxury condo-hotel designed by architect Frank Gehry.

What's next: The city says the bulldozing phase is expected to last several weeks and that there is no set date for the implosion.

  • "Once an implosion date is set, the contractor is required to notify the adjacent properties at least 10 days prior to the date of implosion," a city spokesperson said.
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