Aventura, Sawgrass Trying To Kill American Dream Mall

Aventura Mall and Sawgrass Mills don’t want new competition.

The two malls have hired ‘top-tier’ Tallahassee lobbyists to try to derail American Dream, the $4 billion mall and entertainment complex planned in Northwest Dade, according to SaintPetersBlog.

Lobbyists will now work to prevent the sale of 80 acres of state-owned surplus land to Triple Five, the developer of the project. That land had been leased to the Dade County School Board, and county commissioners and school board officials have already voted to approve the transfer.

Aventura and Sawgrass lobbyists will claim that the mall will create too much traffic, according to the report. Ironic, the blog wrote, due to the considerable amount of traffic that both malls have generated.

Even if the state does approve the sale, the developers must still obtain zoning, environmental and regulatory approval – a process which could take years.

 

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Chris
6 years ago

Why would they even bother wasting money on lobbying for this. This mall is going to happen, whether they like it or not.

Dan
6 years ago

Right? There will be a lot of benefits for South Florida because of this mall.

Johnny
6 years ago

True Democracy!!

Wait…..huh?

Marc305
6 years ago

I think it will depend on how much Aventura and Saw Grass can grease the politician in Miami. If they have deep pockets, and I am sure they do, they might just succeed, you never know. I am personally all for this mall. Having been to the one in Minneapolis I think it will expand Miami and bring in lots of cash.

Danny
6 years ago

Who greased who?

The developers had this deal locked in before it went publicly to the commission which conveniently had only two weeks to review. Sosa and Gimenez are at every developer event, how nice for them to lend a hand.

How about let the people speak or are the residents not allowed too because of $$$??

Yet Another Anonymous
6 years ago

This is one of those situations where private entities and the role of lobbyists become purely shameless.

Danny
6 years ago

Because their right?

Aventura is going through an expansion which is the 2nd largest in the Country. Dolphin Mall is going through an expansion 15-20 minutes south.

You probably like the idea of a bunch of CVS’s and Walgreen’s across from each other.

Anonymous
6 years ago

‘they’re’

Fredric
6 years ago

This just comes down to greed and a power struggle. These are all private sector entities, so good luck in trying to block the development at the state level. Local and state governments cannot deny zoning changes and the like unless they can demonstrate solid and objective reasons why a zoning change should be denied.
Likewise, trying to strangle the project via environmental regulations is going to be tough for them because the developers of the American Dream mall can easily demonstrate that Sawgrass AND Aventura both had similar environmental conditions (especially Sawgrass Mills) prior to their construction. And since both were approved, that will de facto clear the way for American Dream.

As the first line in the article says, “Aventura Mall and Sawgrass Mills don’t want new competition.” Well, too bad, that is what happens in a free market economy.

Gabe
6 years ago

Wow what’s that america dream mall??? Very. Nice

Grato
6 years ago

I thought this was the land of opportunity and Freedom.
Oh, because an entity is afraid of competition, go ahead
and kill a project….
LOL
Another oxymoron: Afraid of traffic. hahahahahahahaha
This is ridiculous. And then we complain that there are
no jobs…

Danny
6 years ago

Might as well build Walmart’s everywhere so everyone has low quality minimum wage jobs. It’ll be quicker to build.

JB
6 years ago

the state will make more money in a year on this beast than aventura or sawgrass could generate in ten. this mall is here for the win.

Danny
6 years ago

That’s one of the worst ideas. We’ll get so much money just like the Miami Marlins Stadium & Sun Life?

JB
6 years ago

why does everything go back to sports? specifically the marlins stadium? do you have the creative capacity to think of anything else? you’re comparing apples to oranges. you have a very narrow scope of vision. sports wanna-be’s usually do though – not the most educated bunch. at a ball park there is one thing to do. sit there in a seat and live vicariously, wishing you were one of the guys out on the field, eating the occasional hot dog. hmm everybody just loves to do that. as i stated before. this will be a megaproject with something for EVERYONE. MUCH more inviting and diverse than a ball park of any type.

btw: the marlins stadium used public dollars to fund the project. this will be privately funded. get it straight.

Danny
6 years ago

That is why everyone in the community is jumping up for joy. The eagle has landed. This is exactly what that area of Miami needs. Actually, I think I see lines of Miami/Broward residents protesting to get this through. You see them don’t you?

You know JB, you are right. Don’t ever let anyone ever tell you otherwise, cause in the end you are right.

Gregory
6 years ago

Where are you getting these numbers from????

JB
6 years ago

exaggeration. not real numbers. just making a point.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I’m all for the project dying..
We don’t need more suburban malls.

Suburban malls are dying across the country

JB
6 years ago

maybe suburban malls are dying.. but this is FAR from JUST a MALL. it’s much more diverse than that. it’s a multi-use mega project with somethinf for everyone as opposed to just shopping.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

It’s just another mall. Out on the fringes of the city. It’ll be home to travel agencies, medical supplies, and bargain attorneys. All hoping you took the wrong exit off I-75.

DR.VEGAS
6 years ago

This is silly…why fight this?
The Vegas Strip has mega-casinos…sitting next to mega-casinos.
Ultra luxury boutiques within walking distance of each other.
Huge outlet malls within a short cab ride of each other.
They all make money.

Danny
6 years ago

By how many Owners?

DR.VEGAS
6 years ago

Well…there’s basically about 5-6 big players on the strip (with outsiders usually welcome)…but they all seem to agree that there’s no such thing as saturation when it comes to retail,entertainment, or gaming.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

They finally figured it out. Now, Dolphin Mall needs to jump into that Caesar-stabbing party.

Obviously
6 years ago

I don’t know what that tall structure is in the background of this rendering but whatever it is, it’s beautiful, and that is what I and others who hate that ugly thing called “Skyrise” are so pissed off about because that is the kind of structure I think Miamians would be proud of when it comes to the first 1000 footer to grace our skyline.

Danny
6 years ago

It was a project in New Jersey where this was originally proposed and failed. They cared so much that they couldn’t revise the rendering.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

Everything looks perfect from far away. And also drawn by an artist.

Jz
6 years ago

Entry barrier tactics. Nothing wrong with that.