Brickell City Centre Was ‘Inadvertently’ Built Into County Property, Swire Says

Swire Properties claims that they ‘inadvertently’ overbuilt Brickell City Centre into Metromover land, and are offering to pay rent for it.

According to a memo signed by Dade’s deputy mayor, Swire built the development an extra 2,200-square-feet into county land. To compensate, they have come to an agreement with officials to pay an additional $635,040 in rent, bringing Swire’s total rent payment to $1.7 million.

The land is not encumbered by a Metromover guideway or station, but Swire was to maintain it as part of an agreement with the county for the renovation and integration of the nearby Metromover station. Instead of maintenance, the developer now wants to rent it.

Federal Transit Administration approval of the revised lease has already been granted, and county commissioners are scheduled to vote on the new deal this month.

Arquitectonica is the project architect.



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5 Comments on "Brickell City Centre Was ‘Inadvertently’ Built Into County Property, Swire Says"

18 hours 22 minutes ago

Was there not any county oversight during the many months of construction? I suppose it is not that big of a deal, but it is the principle that is irksome. Our local governments seem to constantly give large developers anything they want.

17 hours 24 minutes ago

$635k for 2,200 sf of land is extremely fair

14 hours 58 minutes ago

Why did Swire even integrate a station into Brickell City Centre? The Metromover should be disassembled and replaced with an expandable streetcar/light rail system with a public-private partnership. The viaducts have completely overshadowed certain streets and make any potential revitalization impossible.

14 hours 26 minutes ago

Where is the Metro Mover hindering revitalization.

8 hours 10 minutes ago

NE First Street between Biscayne Boulevard and NE 2nd Avenue, SE 1st Street between the Metrorail and SE 1st Avenue, and SE 1st Avenue between SE 1st Street and Knight Center station. It’s all either run-down retail buildings, temporary shopping malls which were later to be redeveloped into skyscrapers but never did, or a parking lot.

The downtown area grew contrary to the Metromover stops, and a replacement systems should follow the new major areas of Brickell, while supporting the revitalization of the historic core and not be left in the shadows, literally.