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It’s now an empty 21-acre lot on the edge of the Everglades, but soon, NBCUniversal will break ground on a new facility in the Western reaches of Miami-Dade County, housing all of its Hispanic businesses, including Telemundo, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo International, and cable network NBC Universo. The headquarters for NBCU Latin America may also move in to the facility.
“This is a very important step in the evolution of our company at a time when we’re enjoying tremendous momentum and have just wrapped a record-breaking year,” said Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “This significant investment clearly underscores once again NBCUniversal’s and Comcast’s long term commitment to our business and the U.S. Hispanic market.”
Telemundo has called a former shoe warehouse in Hialeah, Fla., home for the last 30 years; NBCUniverso is in nearby Miami Springs; the international division is in Coral Gables. The new facility will bring them under one 450,000-square-foot roof adjacent to the Florida Turnpike. NBC News has its own bureau in downtown Miami.
The state-of-the-art building, just 15 minutes West of the headquarters of rival Univision News and Fusion, will initially house 1,100 employees, with the capacity to expand to 1,300.
NBCU’s expansion in Miami follows other building projects, including a new West Coast facility for NBC News and KNBC-TV, upgraded facilities in New York at 30 Rock, now called the Comcast building, and a new facility for KXAS-TV and NBC News in Dallas/Ft. Worth.