$750 Million Marriott Expo Center Delayed By Grand Central Park Trees

A project that could eventually add billions to Miami’s economy, delayed by a few trees?

Construction at MDM Development’s $750 million Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo has been delayed by the presence of trees that were planted on the site just a few years ago, TNM has learned.

The trees were planted as part of Grand Central Park, which leased the property after the demolition of the Miami Arena there. The park opened in early 2012 after receiving a $200,000 CRA grant for construction and closed in less than two years, which critics had called a waste.

Some of the trees planted included slash pine and cypress. Slash pine was once a dominant tree in the Miami area, but is now hard to find due to extensive logging. It is a key element of pine forests such as rockland pine.

Backers of the former park have been a thorn in the side of the owner of the property, which is linked to the Miami Worldcenter project. They have also been involved in litigation that has delayed Worldcenter, which was recently settled on confidential terms.

Environmental Resources officials in Miami’s Zoning department were unable to determine the status of the tree removal application, but the trees remain on site as of this week.

 

Marriott Expo Center specs:

  • $750 Million cost to build
  • 2.3 million total square feet
  • 600,000 square foot convention space
  • 1,800 rooms
  • 1,500 seat theater
  • 1,300 permanent jobs
  • 30-36 months of construction, targeted opening is fall 2018

 

(local office landscape)

 

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Anonymous
6 years ago

The City should negotiate with the developer to relocate the trees to Parcel B park behind the AAA.

marc
6 years ago

Yes and yes.

MARTEEM
6 years ago

Need all the luck in the world for these Bozo’s to handle that correctly….

Anonymous
6 years ago

Great Idea!!

MrDreTheOne
6 years ago

This is laughable…..whats next? ancient circles? not again!

Anonymous
6 years ago

Trees?! You got to be kidding me!

tree lover
6 years ago

Trees are important. Miami does not have enough tree canopy. Dan Paul Park. The trees could be relocated to Dan Paul Park behind the AA Arena.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Miami does not have enough tree canopy according to who? And please, don’t mention some ranking that some tree loving research firm did when comparing the tree canopy of cities in the USA ten or fifteen years ago. They can give rankings and comment any way they see fit.

Anonymous
6 years ago

why wasn’t this ‘issue’ brought up before? it is obvious tree huggers or anyone behind them are doing this just to delay the project since 3 or 5 year old trees are not considered matured. what i am surprised about is that the developer didn’t prevent this knowing the community, the dozens of sues, and the multiple delays.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Look dig these things up and replant them somewhere else. And if some of you “tree huggers” don’t like what I said, remember, billions of trees have been slaughtered in this country so don’t go bitching about these as if they make a BIG difference.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I think some of us “tree huggers” would agree that digging them up and replanting them in a public greenspace (like Museum park or Parcel B) would be ideal. The problem is that the developer probably doesn’t want to pay to relocate them and would rather negotiate a small and insignificant fee with the City to just chop them down and be done with it.

Anonymous
6 years ago

Cost of delay is much higher than cost of tree relocation. Problem is probably the city’s dysfunctional tree permitting.

Anonymous
6 years ago

“No good deed goes unpunished”. These Grand Central idiots ruined it for people who love parks, but can’t afford to buy the land themselves. MWC gave them a vacant lot to build a skatepark/music venue/public space. Now these selfish idiots keep suing the hand that fed them. They are purposefully creating costly impediments to progress.
Never again will a land owner temporarily donate land….
In the downturn, get used to fences for years….and thank the Grand Central fools and their shortsighted attorney for screwing it up for the everyone.

Marc305
6 years ago

Tree huggers are always a torn in developers sides.
Until of course “… litigation that has delayed Worldcenter, which was recently settled on confidential terms.” SMH

Rolls eyes
6 years ago

Something I consider trivial is slightly slowing down the inevitable construction of a building which is of no consequence to my personal life? I’M OUTRAGED!

Anonymous
6 years ago

So you could really care less and you had to tell everyone that because?………..