American Dream Approved By Planning Board, Including 50-Story Tower

Miami is one step closer to getting the biggest mall in America, American Dream Miami.

Yesterday, Miami-Dade’s Planning Advisory Board voted 11-1 to recommend approval. The final step is approval of the County Commission, scheduled for a vote in May 17.

In April, developer Triple Five submitted an initial development plan that reveals just how massive the project is. It will include:

  • 3.5 million square feet of retail (more than any other American mall)
  • 1.5 million square feet of entertainment
  • 1.2 million square feet back-of-house
  • 2,000 hotel rooms

Three structures on the property will rise 500 feet, which is roughly the equivalent of 50 stories. The hotel tower, a Ferris wheel, and an indoor ski slope all will rise to that height.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

You say it’s in the middle of nowhere? Well so was Sawgrass Mills! Now look what the area has become an more to come. Residential, American Express and Metropica have all built around it. It was such a big draw to tourist that it only made sense to capitalize on the success. ADM will be the same draw and will create new residential, retail, hotel an hopeful office space. So many people against this mall but why? It’s not going to hurt anyone I don’t get it? Typical Florida mentally against anything that changes Florida from retirement home to something more.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s typically the “modus operandi” of these do nothing people… they wait for somebody to announce something and then they whine about it like a bunch of babies.

suomynona
3 years ago

Malls don’t change communities into “something more”.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Tell that to Aventura, Kendall, Sunrise, Palm Beach Gardens… Millenia in Orlando, Buckhead in Atl, Tysons Corner DC….

Anonymous
3 years ago

What do you know?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t think its big enough, can we get a waterpark across from it?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I am conflicted by this project. While the jobs and taxes will be great, I’d rather tourists visit and support more robust cultural institutions like PAMM or the Frost. Hope its not a mistake

Anonymous
3 years ago

The jobs won’t even be great.

More low paying retail jobs that require a car (with expensive insurance).

Anonymous
3 years ago

Geez, where do people like you come from? Look, I want people like you to understand this, MiamiDade Needs More Verity To Maintain It’s Edge In Competing For Tourism Dollars… understand?

Michael C.
3 years ago

Retail is not variety (or verity as you say), and they are all minimum wage with no growth potential. It’s a bad idea, and it’s in the middle of nowhere.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A job is a job no matter how much you get paid, some people or a lot of people rather have a minimum paying job than no job at all. Why do you think there is always people working at Mac Donald, Wendy’s or any store in any of the existing malls?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Retail jobs are great jobs. They are entry level positions in most cases, and provide skills, teach responsibility, and keep young people productive.
4 of my closest teen age friends growing up had retail jobs. All are business owners, executives, and/or one percenters.
There is no doubt that learning the retail business early has had a positive impact well beyond an hourly wage.

Anonymous
3 years ago

not all retail jobs are low paying… ever seen the commission on a 60K watch?

Anonymous
3 years ago

So was Disney world.

Haha
3 years ago

And what are you suggest? A park?

Gene
3 years ago

What is wrong with a park?

Gene
3 years ago

You need to improve your English.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exactly. The Doral Mall and Simon group are just freaking out because as we all know the mall concept is finished

Gene
3 years ago

It’s a big mistake.

Anonymous
3 years ago

People say it’s in the middle of no where but then say it will create traffic. If it’s in the middle of no where then why are you worried about traffic? I have lived right next to Busch Gardens with a 4 lane road while minimal traffic. This will create traffic of course but I don’t think it will be unbearable. It will create jobs as well as more entertainment for Dade and Broward. It will give more reason to visit I mean damn how many times can you just drive to Miami Beach? What else is there to do here?

Oscar
3 years ago

“What else is there to do here?” Nominee for best pro-mall slogan ever.

Michael K Candler
3 years ago

There are other malls to go to…………..there’s something to do!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

do they have indoor ski’ing or a ferries wheel…?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Welcome to Abu Dhabi

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami is the new Abu Dhabi

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lets get this built!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Plan ahead and set some of mass transportation to the area before this monstrosity get bult.

Anonymous
3 years ago

4 BILLION?? That’s putting your money where your mouth is…looks like a fancier Santa’s enchanted forest 🙂 not sure this is a good fit here but hey not my money! At least the construction sector will significantly benefit…

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3 years ago

Have y’all ever heard of the Meadowlands American Dream New Jersey? It’s a similar monstersouty that has taken years to built over budget. This will be over version. Gross.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So, its not our money let them do as they please

Gene
3 years ago

No, you will be on hook. The taxpayer always gets stuck.

Anonymous
3 years ago

So what who cares we all have to pay taxes anyway at least this is something I will use. The sales tax alone will make up for any taxpayer investment, then there is property taxes and hotel bed taxes this thing will be a cash cow for the county where now its only paying minimal taxes as vacant land. I rather this before another landfill or industrial stuff out there.

Gene
3 years ago

?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Good thing we have a West corridor transportation network!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not a fan of mall construction. and yeah yeah I know the tendency in South Florida is different than other locations due to the tourists…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Tourists should not be encouraged to drive 30 miles each way to go to a mall.

This will add to the traffic congestion while polluting the environment.

ILoveMiami
3 years ago

People like you are the reason why Disney formed Reedy Creek Corp. and bought 45,000 acres without telling anyone who they were. That backward, sleepy little town in 1964 has become one of the world’s top destinations…and yes, tourists DO spend money outside of the parks. Lots of it. The tourists don’t care about the traffic, and the locals are laughing all the way to the bank. But when 20th Century Fox proposed building a theme park next to Zoo Miami, the community said they would rather save a few beetles and pine land. This is why I maintain that we struggle as a community to grow up. We read the words “world class” here often. But, how can compete with real world class cities when we constantly fail to realize our potential. Its not just the mall, or the theme park. Its construction on Watson, soccer stadiums at the port, its the “signature bridge”, its Seaquarium expansion, its casinos, its the Innovation District light tower, its the 5000 room Genting resort. The list goes on and on. Isn’t there traffic in London? Paris? Rome? Shanghai? Los Angeles, New York?. Yes. Yet tourists flock to these cities, and their residents love living there. We really need to grow up…or stop dreaming.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amen to that! People need to wake up and realize that this mall can have a huge economic impact for our city. I hope Amazon HQ2 comes to Miami too!

Anonymous
3 years ago

As much as it pains me to say this Amazon HQ2 wont ne coming to Miami. I will put money on it. ILoveMiami’s comment is just one of the reasons. Ans I’m Not saying to just to piss people off…I’m being realistic and so should all of you too.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Vegas is taking bets on HQ2

Anonymous
3 years ago

Another empty post, saying nothing! Where do these people come from?

Gene
3 years ago

The ADM will not be a reason for Amazon to come here.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because you think that a new suburban Mall in Miami will be selling point the Biggest online retailer in the Planet to bring their new HQ to South Florida!!!
Very Clever.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well said ILoveMiami, well said………

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nice rant ILoveMiami !(in a positive way) Would you marry me??? I’m a guy fyi..I sure hope you’re a female 🙂

Anonymous
3 years ago

THIS^^ Who cares where this is built? The market will decide if this is a viable and good project for the developer.

mondocondo
3 years ago

Disney World benefitted from one of the world’s strongest brands, a proven concept (Disney Land), and the newly expanded interstate highway system. What exactly are these Canadian mall speculators with a decidedly mixed track record offering? Mountie Land? On the retail side, Miami is already over malled, and a new super regional of this magnitude will just shift sales from the others, if it succeeds at all. Cheers

Anonymous
3 years ago

stop hating

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well said.

Anonymous
3 years ago

SPEAK ON IT!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thank you for this post. I couldn’t have said it better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Very well said

Anonymous
3 years ago

So, you think tourist don’t have MALLS where they come from?

This is more than just a mall, this is a destination!

Michael K Candler
3 years ago

No, it’s just a mall.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You really do not understand this project.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Silly comment

Michael C.
3 years ago

This is a colossal waste of time, money and resources. There is a reason why stores, nationwide chains, are closing all over the country. Not that many people visit brick and mortar stores anymore when you can click a couple of times and it’s at your front door the next day. And the jobs it will bring will be minimum wage retail jobs, nothing with any growth potential. In less than 10 years it will be a half empty eye-sore.

Miami Hurricane
3 years ago

Correct, but destination brick & mortar retail traffic in Miami follows a different pattern since Amazon and related companies are not readily available in LATAM — where the notion of leaving $50 purchases in a box at your front door is dubious and risky.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s not just a mall, it’s also a theme park. Tell me who wouldn’t go to in indoor theme park? Unless you want to drive up to Orlando how many places can you take your kids to have fun? People keep saying mall but that’s only half what it really is. If you want to shop online fine do that. I for one wouldn’t mind skiing down a man made slope.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Lol, what moron takes his kids to an amusement park at a mall? Low class morons!

Anonymous
3 years ago

But you don’t mind taking your kids to a community pool where people are constantly urinating in?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I75 and 826 are already heavily congested, so adding this monstrosity and the amount of traffic it will bring, will be a bigger nightmare than it already is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Miami Dade County Motto:
“Perpetuating The Eternal Suburban Lifestyle”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Carlos Gimenez legacy: A humongous Shopping Mall and a new expressway….are the 60’s back?

aceraroja
3 years ago

Hey it’s not my money, build a toxic waste dump!!! More great jobs!!!

This city can’t expect anything better than the corniest mall in the Americas? This is what the commenters here think will make Miami like London and Paris lol

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yuck those cities are has-beens. We are thinking more like Shanghai and Dubai

Anonymous
3 years ago

They should require public transportation links like rail and bus lines and should require it to be friendly to the local environment with massive solar power. The place will only take business away from other malls and add massive congestion to the area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The approval will expire before any shovel hits the ground.

Anonymous
3 years ago

not a chance each year a hurricane warning will renew those rights

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Please put the proposed soccer stadium there along with the planned structures not Mel Reese Golf Course

Anonymous
3 years ago

Would rather that go to Miami Gardens

Roy
3 years ago

Another huge project with zero mass transit infrastructure planned for it

Polo
3 years ago

Wrong location!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Where do you propose?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Would have been cool at SoleMia location but its too close to Aventura and Bal Harbor. This location is good.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Brightline will have train going there for tourists and workers….maybe

Anonymous
3 years ago

Brightline is going to go broke within a year

Afi K James
3 years ago

That will change when it goes to miami

Anonymous
3 years ago

Horrible

Anonymous
3 years ago

But, can you offer anything better?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why does their *need* to be anything out in the woods in the middle of no where?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because it is called PROGRESS.
If it was up to people like you we would still be a sleepy southern town, which I am sure you would like because that was when America was great. Am I right??

suomynona
3 years ago

Building a mall is progress? LOL

I think many of you are expecting more from this project than it will actually provide.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Really?.. where else can you snow ski down a slope in South Florida?

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, we are expecting the biggest mall in the States and that is what we will get.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Um, where you now live and work was once “out in the woods in the middle of no where,” but I don’t hear you complaining about that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Final prove that the suburban sprawling growth is only going to get stronger and the expansion into the Everglades isn’t stopping

Anonymous
3 years ago

But it should.

Anonymous
3 years ago

According to you.
People with money and power disagree.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is not being built outside the UDBL so stop wringing your hands.

suomynona
3 years ago

But the 836 expansion *IS*.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yea as much as I’d hate to admit it this is probably true. Miami pushes that line back more than a limbo stick. I’d rather this than more single family houses out there though

Anonymous
3 years ago

You do realize that Florida is now the third most populated state in the nation don’t you? Florida is number three (3) in population and people are moving in at a pace where all Interstate Highways will be going through constant expansions and buildings will be getting taller. So get used to it or relocate to Mississippi or some other small in population state.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Build up not out. This is fine it’s in the line

Anonymous
3 years ago

What you think they are going to build around a suburban mall?

Anonymous
3 years ago

probably more gated communities but wishfully thinking more resort hotels, convention space, tourist driven attractions, theme parks, water parks, year round hunted house, indoor sky diving stuff like that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

dumb and the company is know for failed malls. Miami is corrupt as fck

Gene
3 years ago

Correcto!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hell, I’ll give you kudos Gene for understanding that garbled crap.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yep. Nope.

Once again, Miami-Dade is going in the wrong direction.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A statement like that is meaningless.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If it didn’t lose me already at bigger is always better, it certainly lost me with the indoor ski slope idea. Don’t even want to see the figures for the amount of energy that it will consume, all so that a small fraction of people who live here can buy the entry tix.

Anonymous
3 years ago

its cheaper than buying a ticket to Denver, and finally one of you negative Nancy’s just offered a solution… Solar panels everywhere. Done!

Anonymous
3 years ago

What’s wrong with an indoor ski slope?
They should also have ice skating.
If Dubai has it why not us?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thankyou!