America’s Biggest Mall Granted Final Approval In Miami

Update: Commissioners have approved the mall in a 9-1 vote.

Miami-Dade commissioners are debating whether to approve American Dream Miami (the meeting is currently underway, check back later for updates).

If approved and built, it would become America’s largest mall. It would also include an entertainment complex and up to 2,000 hotel rooms.

The cost estimate is now $4 billion, up from a previously announced $3 billion.

Competing malls, including Dolphin Mall and Bayside, have formed a group called the the South Florida Taxpayers Alliance. They are trying to force a ban on any public funding going to the project.

Commissioner Xavier Suarez wants $60 million in impact fees to spent on building “personal rapid transit” to the mall that would connect to Metrorail’s Palmetto Station.