Art collector Gary Nader has been in talks with Miami-Dade College to take over their prime Biscayne Boulevard-facing land on which he wants to build a museum to house his world-renowned Latin American art collection, a hotel, facilities for the college, a theater, a sculpture garden, and two luxury residential towers where units will be designed with art collectors in mind Mr. Nader has just revealed to Miami Modern Luxury Magazine that the 1,600 seat theater is being designed by the great Emilio Estefan.
The Nader Museum & Towers, as the project is called (the museum portion is known as the Latin American Art Museum, or LAAM) brings together Estefan and architect Fernando Romero to work on their second project together. Mr. Romero is the architect of another mixed-use tower that Estefan and his superstar wife Gloria have been planning in Miami's Omni Neighborhood. Romero also designed plans for an absolutely spectacular Catholic church in Doral, which the church unfortunately replaced with something far more banal. None of this makes Nader's plans for the coveted site a done deal, however. Mr. Nader has competition. The college is also considering proposals from the Related Group, developer Gregg Covin, and a fourth developer called Pi Art Tech.