City officials wont release plan, cite security exemption

More than a decade after city officials pledged to revive the storied but derelict Miami Marine Stadium, they say a $45 million plan for its restoration is nearly complete and inching towards realization.

But like anything to do with the long-running saga to save the 1963 Modernist landmark, widely regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable structures, it’s no sure thing, and key questions remain unanswered — including what precisely the renovation plan entails.

The ambitious plan, now in the final stages of approval by the city building and capital improvements departments, broadly envisions stripping the bare-concrete stadium of its rotting seats, decrepit plumbing and electrical systems, as well as the layers of graffiti that have famously covered every inch of its exposed surfaces since the facility’s closure after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Designed by a team led by prominent restoration architect Richard Heisenbottle, hired by the city four years ago, the plan calls for extensive repairs to the concrete skeleton, which studies show remains in exceptionally robust condition despite six decades of exposure to the elements. The blueprint also includes installation of new seats, sound and lighting systems, as well as elevators and gently sloping ramps for welcoming access for the disabled, an element missing from the original.

The goal: to return the historic stadium to life as a uniquely Miami venue for events, sports and cultural performances. In the 30 years before closin....

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