American Dream Is Flipping To More Entertainment, Less Retail

The massive American Dream Miami project won final approval from the Miami-Dade commission last week – and it’s now looking like more of a theme park than a mall.

The $4b project will now have a much larger entertainment component than originally planned, with the amount of retail space reduced, according to the WSJ.

Originally, the proposal included 3.5 million square feet of retail, with 1.5 million square feet of entertainment. Now, the developer will likely do the opposite, an attorney for the developer said.

Entertainment features are expected to include an indoor ski slope, ice climbing wall, waterpark, and submarine lake. There will also be 2,000 hotel rooms.

30 million annual visitors are expected.

 

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Anonymous
2 years ago

Disney is going to hate this.. LOL

Anonymous
2 years ago

Lol I agree. I can tell you this I will be there once a month snow boarding. I loved in NY and I will love it again here!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Metrorail extension from Palmetto station please.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will happen in 50 years after the studies

Anonymous
2 years ago

In Miami is faster them that!

Anonymous
2 years ago

No! Unless AD pays for it.

Build rail for the residents first before a theme park in the middle of the everglades.

Anonymous
2 years ago

This will definitely be a boon for South Florida.

bitg
2 years ago

honest question: at what point does this stop being a mall, and more a “an entertainment/theme park with shopping included”?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I don’t know bitg… right now it appears to be just word semantics.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Honest answer. It depends on how the spin benefits/harms your agenda.
See the 2.5 million+ sqft project with 30k sq ft of gaming that they call a casino.

Jesus
2 years ago

I like this idea. I always wanted there to be a Pacific Park like there is in Santa Monica in Miami. There is also a Six Flags just half an hour away from Los Angeles so this will definitely be a great game changer. The beautiful thing about this is the fact that is out in the western part of the county so we will see more development around it and a possible downtown area forming around it just like Sawgrass Mills did which led to Metropica and more development. Hopefully, they bring in the best nightlife possible!

Flymia
2 years ago

I am moving near the area. I just hope the county and developers realize how important some type of mass transit improvement would be here.

As a soon to be near by resident my biggest fear is the traffic. Everything else seems to be a positive.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Good luck with that

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

Gurl, you are moving way out to the burbs and are worried about mass transit? Wishful thinking!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

planned to include 3.5 million square feet of retail space and 1.5 million square feet of ENTERTAINMENT space, said Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami-based attorney representing Triple Five. Now it’s likely going to do the opposite, with the space mix focusing much more on entertainment.

suomynona
2 years ago

LOL

I was wondering about that. Because it made no sense in the article.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Great project!!! lets get there by train all the way from kendall, YAYYYYYY
What politician is reading?
METRORAIL
METRORAIL
METRORAIL
METRORAIL

Polo
2 years ago

Smart move.

Anonymous
2 years ago

All on Tax-breaks and incentives..

Anonymous
2 years ago

Glad it got approved now I can take my kids somewhere to have fun. You can only take them to the beach an zoo some many time before that gets old.

mondocondo
2 years ago

The beach, the zoo, the everglades (trails, airboats, alligator wrestling), out in the bay or ocean, the Keys, world class museums, the seaquarium, parks, ballfields, movies, libraries, etc., etc. South Florida is not lacking for fun outdoor recreational choices – what everyone else in the world already comes here for. Only limited by your imagination. Cheers.

Danny Costa
2 years ago

Nah we need more fun shit

ort
2 years ago

also include excellent restaurants, museums, in a very international atmosphere……

Anonymous
2 years ago

This is not the final rendering I wonder what the new render will look like?

Anonymous
2 years ago

We need truthful renderings, not fantasy images

Anonymous
2 years ago

Smart move to emphasize experiences over retail. Needs one of those new fangled bowling ? alleys too. Lucky Strike?

Gene
2 years ago

So why is it that developers can appeal to the county, city, for a development approval based on a set of plans and after they get approval – wait for it – change the approved deal.
Wow – a bait -n- switch.
Just like Miami World Center.

If you get approval , you should be required to stick to the plan or if you make major adjustments you have to reapply for approval.

Anonymous
2 years ago

What you proffer is inefficient if not punitive.

Gene
2 years ago

No, its just called cheating.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Except World Center is good and so is this project…why the hate?

Anonymous
2 years ago

World Center is full of parking which is not appropriate in an urban area.

Anonymous
2 years ago

because they can and because they have enough “buddies” in govt that are going to do whatever it takes to push things thru. i work in govt, and this is prevalent on the big projects.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Should build the Miami Freedom FC stadium nearby.. all this ruckus.. build it next to the biggest mall in north america

Anonymous
2 years ago

We’ll be lucky if we get something like American Dream Meadowlands, which itself is a total disaster.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Either this will become another Artegon Marketplace/Festival Bay Mall white elephant like in over-malled Orlando, or another gloried flea market for rude South American and Chinese tourists like Sawgrass Mills and the Dolphin Mall and consequently kill their business. Sorry, to burst your bubble folks!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Negative ratings, and no contention to rebute… Wow!