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.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Or better yet, have them pay to extend Metrorail to this monstrosity.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I agree, or at least pay got their station and maintenance.

Anonymous
3 years ago

No, No, No.

That would be a colossal waste of money.

Heavy rail is not meant for long trips out to suburban shopping centers.

A commuter rail line (i.e. Tri-Rail) is more more appropriate and cost efficient. The same with most of the “SMART” plan lines. They should be commuter rail.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The same was thought about Kendall

Anonymous
3 years ago

commuter rail is meant for long distance over many city and county lines ie tri-rail

Anonymous
3 years ago

commuter heavy rail takes you from downtown denver to the airport just fine – and its about as far as mall would be

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

1) Tri-Rail is diesel but it’s still heavy rail.
2) It could be a 9 mile extension up median of Palmetto and 75. Folks along those routes might be happy to have an alternative to driving.

Anonymous
3 years ago

amen to that (says the person that lives in miami lakes and that is forced to drive to palmetto station on a daily basis to get to downtown using metrorail) 🙂

Anonymous
3 years ago

Anybody with common sense will realize that the whole area will become the new Miami suburbia hell, and would think They better plan for some sort of mass transportation before it is is too late.
Sorry, but we don’t think anybody would want their families to ride in a crowded train filled with smelly second class mall employees…that why we drive the biggest possible SUV a Human can buy.
Signed by all the Miami Dade Commissioners.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why does TNM allowed this type of ignorance comment on their page?? Can someone delete this comment.

suomynona
3 years ago

I don’t think people understand your sarcasm.

Oscar
3 years ago

If this is built and their estimates are correct, it’ll be one of the busiest destinations in South Florida. What better place to extend mass transit to than a place where you’re expecting 30 million annual visitors and up to 70,000 cars a day? They should extend Metrorail there and add stations in between to serve surrounding neighborhoods.

Anonymous
3 years ago

70,000 cars a day? That’s 25.5 million a year. 85% of the trips will be solo?

Anonymous
3 years ago

if dolphin mall has 35 mill a year then id give this 45/50 million a year easy. Maybe there should be a western tri-rail linking FIU, airport, Doral, dolphin mall, American dream, Miramar, Pembroke pines, sawgrass and up to palm beach and down to homestead.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That western tri-rail linking to those places would be convenient for American Dream Miami as well. Pull more people towards them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why not extend it all the way to Key West ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

I am not a hater, if this thing gets build I am buying a snow board and taking the metro at least twice a month to hit the slopes. Please make it happen!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Which metro? The one that will never build?

Anonymous
3 years ago

“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.”
– Did you not read the article? Think before you post.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wanting doesn’t equal getting it.
Getting that money doesn’t mean they(Miami Dade County will invest it in public transportation. (Example Penelas Half Penny).

Anonymous
3 years ago

That personal rapid transit proposal is too small-scale to connect this behemoth mall to the Metrorail. It’s like connecting your toilet to the main sewer line with a half-inch pipe.

marc
3 years ago

Politicians down here have no concept of mass transit.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It’s never been popular with the citizens.. that’s the truth.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why don’t you guys just realize it’s not the politicians, it’s the people and the way American cities are built.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“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.”

I hope that happens.

Anonymous
3 years ago

corruption

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

From Wikipedia:
“Past [Personal Rapid Transit] projects have failed because of financing, cost overruns, regulatory conflicts, political issues, misapplied technology, and flaws in design, engineering or review.”
Sound like anyplace we know?

Watcher
3 years ago

I feel that a metrorail station is a good start as well as spur rail for Tri rail if you truly want people on transit you must make inexpensive for passengers as well convenient I live in Palm Beach County and we love to take mass transit to Miami but it is not always feasible.
I had some family visiting recently and they wanted to go to the Seaqirium by trail does not work.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Delusional!
I bet you drive a car and have never taken the bus

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazon is radically changing the retail industry and eliminating the need for big retail stores, and now we are building the biggest mall??? I understand theme park, hotel, attractions, whatever… but no need for so much more retail. Furthermore, this developer has a History of Turning things around and having immense tax breaks and incentives.
I see another Marlins Stadium Situation coming, where our taxes pay for the buildings and developer keeps profit!

Anonymous
3 years ago

THE 80’S ARE BACK.
AMERICA’S SUBURBAN MENTALITY WILL NEVER DIE.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Retail demand is higher in south florida.

Miami
3 years ago

Malls are out of date! waste of money!

Anonymous
3 years ago

You’re clearly ignorant of the retail demand in Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

this gets the green light but we cant have a resort with a small casino that would have cost 4 billion and been a huge draw for families and gamblers alike……

Afi Keita James
3 years ago

sadly it won’t happen, because corrupt companies like Disney won’t allow it.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Where is the site for this?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Move over Sawgrass Mills…

Anonymous
3 years ago

So depressing

Anonymous
3 years ago

Built it where the Four Ambassadors are!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

You do realize that this would be the biggest mall in America right? There is no way it would fit in the Four Ambassadors lot. SMH – Some of the comments in this page are written by 5 year olds, I swear.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Oh ….perhaps it was a a joke.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A bad one at best.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You have to be 5 years old to think this is a serios comment and not a joke ( I’m the one that wrote the 4 Ambassadors coment)