Board of Trustees to Meet Jan. 18, Discuss Proposed CasaCuba Building Donation

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Alexander Luzula | Assistant News Director

FIU’s Board of Trustees will meet on Jan. 18 to discuss a proposed naming for the upcoming CasaCuba building, following a significant $10 million donation.

Benjamin Leon Jr., founder and chairman of local healthcare provider Leon Medical Centers has donated $10 million to go towards the construction of a permanent building for CasaCuba, an academic and cultural center aimed at Cuban affairs and culture.

In support of this donation, the Board of Trustees will be meeting to discuss naming the new location the Benjamin Leon Jr. Building, as a courtesy for Leon’s donation.

The board is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Graham Center Ballrooms to discuss the issue, with Trustee Carlos A. Duart presenting the proposal at hand. If approved, it would be implemented effectively immediately.

First founded in 2017, CasaCuba aims to promote discussion and engagement within Miami’s Cuban community and promises to host discussions, exhibitions, and live entertainment once the building is completed. 

The new building is expected to be located on the Modesto Maidique Campus, taking up approximately 43,000 square feet and will cost $40 million. The project is expected to be completed in 2027.

The board is scheduled to meet next on Feb. 29 at 9 a.m.

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