Beckham Group Reveals New Park Renderings, Submits Lease To City

David Beckham’s partners at Miami Freedom Park have unveiled a new website with renderings of a proposed park and details of lease proposal newly submitted to the city.

“We look forward to working with the City of Miami to finalize the voter-approved, fair-market-value lease agreement that provides residents with an expansive public park, 11,000 construction jobs, 2,300 permanent jobs and more than $40 million in tax revenue, while using zero City taxpayer dollars,” said Jorge Mas, managing owner of Inter Miami CF.

The terms of the draft lease agreement mirror commitments made by Miami Freedom Park to the community, the group said, and include:

  • 99-year lease with annual rent payments of no less than $3.5 million (based on a third-party fair-market-value appraisal)
  • The creation of a 58-acre public park and 11 soccer fields
  • Payment of the full cost of remediation of the property to permit for public use of the park
  • The construction of Inter Miami CF’s home stadium, entertainment and retail space, office tech hub and hotel at no cost to City taxpayers
  • Living-wage salary for employees
  • A commitment to complete creation of the public park at the same time or prior to completing construction of the stadium

Miami Freedom Park has also submitted a Community Benefits Agreement to the city, including $5 million for the City’s Riverwalk/Baywalk project, $20 million for park maintenance and free access to the soccer fields at Miami Freedom Park for City of Miami youth. The owners of Inter Miami CF and Miami Freedom Park have also finalized a relocation agreement with the First Tee program.

Over the past several months, Miami Freedom Park representatives have gone door to door and held neighborhood meetings in the Grapeland Heights community, where the project will be built.

Inter Miami is collaborating with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to bring free soccer programming to Miami, including soccer clinics, mini-pitch facilities and more opportunities to engage with the Club. They have also built a U.S. Soccer Development Academy that will begin play in September for the 2019-20 season, to be formed solely of South Florida players.

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Anonymous

OMG just put the damn thing in Overtown and get it over with. Jeez!

I’m getting tired of hearing about Beckham’s stadium indecisiveness as much as I was getting tired of hearing about Genting’s Resorts world Miami.

Anonymous

Yes! And just like you will never see a Genting Casino, neither will you see Beckham’s Stadium. They will start playing at Lockhart and will stay there until they fold like the Fusion did. And that upsets me like no tomorrow. I would love to have Miami soccer be actually in Miami!

Anonymous

You’ll never see the Genting Casino and you’ll never see a stadium here either. Fort Lauderdale will get the stadium, that’s where they are going to practice, that’s where the players will buy their homes and luxurious condos and that’s where they will go out to eat at fabulous restaurants.
Face it guys:
We lost!!!

Anonymous

HAs anyone else noticed that I’m the renderings they put the homes east of 37th looking like parking/commercial/appts…currently residential homes…

Goal Master

That’s not true. Enlarge the picture. Thanks:/

Anonymous

Ultra produces more economic impact in 3 days than this will in 99 years.

Anonymous

lol thats literally just for rent. regardless of where the stadium ends up being it will bring it way more money over the course of just the first decade of operation.

side note i’m all for ultra too!

Anonymous

bro. like for real bro. ultra is so sick bro. tiki tiki tiki

Goal Master

Incorrect. The location is losing $1 million per year now. Softbank is willing to invest billions in the location. The construction is self funded. This needs to get built ASAP. We’ve already lost over $4 million since announced in 2015. The lies come from other interested parties. These include the local stadiums fighting for content, such as concerts and events. Let’s gooooooo!

Anonymous

as if 836 W could support this during the week…… Build the fu*king stadium in Overtown where it belongs — they own the land, the area is evolving, and it’s near both the river and public transit/downtown. No brainer. Say no to this BS “soccer deal” that’s really a real estate steal.

Anonymous

in case you forgot, this site is across from the intermodal center that offers trirail and metrorail service

Goal Master

With just a little investigating. The overtown location is stuck in litigation with a very tiny local community that doesn’t want the traffic. They are self funding since lawyers live in that community, and they have vowed to appeal into infinity. The team doesn’t have that much time to fight this and win. Soooo, welcome to Freedom park, with Softbank already promising a $5 billion dollar investment for their financial sector of the Americas. My friend $5 billion and these commissioners are holding this up for a traffic study. It’s simple, there are 365 days in the year, and there are only 40 home games for MLS, so what’s the problem? No traffic issues for 325 days of the year. The commissioners are bought and going against the public since we already voted on this and it passed. So let’s get going.

Anonymous

Regardless whether you’re a soccer/futball fan, they fact that this site had no open bidding is shameful. I don’t care who’s paying for the stadium, it was still a shady and corrupt deal. From the mayor lobbying for it, apparently he forgot who employs him, to the weak excuses the commissioners gave for allowing it, looking at you Russell. This was the “Marlins park” of this commission.

ps. Overtown is a hot better location anyways.

Anonymous

Completely agree

Anonymous

Oh, so your grip isn’t really about the bidding.. you just want the stadium to be in Overtown.

Anonymous

Both.

Anonymous

Yes! Overtown should have the stadium. Who wants to get on a toll road?

Anonymous

Drive on the streets then.

Goal Master

Overtown has less parking, access to mass transit, and under litigation by a tiny community that has vowed to appeal into infinity and truly, the team doesn’t have the time to play games. Ha! Pun:)

Anonymous

the voters decided that they don’t want any bidding. they were given the option to reject this deal.instead of crying after the election why did’nt the developers who wanted to bid show their projects to the voters? if they had done so they could have convinced them that their projects were better than beckham’s and they would have voted to allow bidding but they did n’t do anything so it’s too late to keep crying about this

Anonymous

No the Beckham Mas crooks sold it that is was a stadium at Meslee or no Stadium at all… unfortunately like in most elections the populous was misinformed.

Goal Master

Sorry that you are misinformed. There are no crooks here. I can only imagine that you don’t know that this golf course loses $1 million dollars per year, which the taxpayers have to make up. Also, when was the last time you played golf? This public golf course is not for everyone, the vast majority of Miami has never been in or even walked on this property, yet it’s “public.” Lets get the proper information, you can go and fact check me, it only takes a few minutes to have all of this information.

Anonymous

lol, look at voter turnout… i thinnk it was less than 30% who showed up to vote and not even 100% of the 30% voted on that item. you can’t really say this is what the masses wanted. in reality, it should have required a voter-equivalent of a quorum to pass.

Goal Master

This is misinformation on your part. Did you know that not everyone votes, also that of those that do vote, most don’t care about voting for all the items available for their inspection. So to hold the Freedom Park to a higher standard is not only unfair, it’s Un American. Let’s not give half a truth because it fits your narrative. Thanks my anonymous friend.

Goal Master

You are the smartest post on this page. I was getting tired of batting away these demons and haters over here. Also, the attacks aren’t warranted, there are only 40 home games in MLS, that leaves 325 days a year with zero traffic issues. And Melreese Golf course is a public golf course and has been losing $1 million dollars per year for the last 15 years. It’s insane that the tax payer is asked to pay for a location that the vast majority of Miami residents will never, ever, use or even walk on. This truly is the best deal for everyone! Thanks

Goal Master

Sorry, but you should check some facts. No one was interested, and this public golf course is losing $1 million dollars per year, and although it is green space, how many times a year do you go golfing? It’s an elite class utilizing the location and since it’s public it loses its cache and is used less, which explains the deficit. Losing $10 million dollars in the last 10 years. Tax payers should feel ripped off already. This is deal like no one has made in this town, definitely not shady. Give twenty minutes and fact check me. You will change your mind. Thanks

suomynona

$3.5 million is a joke. And no mention on who will pay for the cleanup on the property? Isn’t it a brownfield site or something?

William

This is a former dump site. Any construction here will require lots of money for cleanup. I think it was in their preliminary budgets when proposed way back.

Anonymous

“Payment of the full cost of remediation of the property to permit for public use of the park” third bullet point.

Goal Master

It will get done, they are in 100%, let’s get started with this park already.

Goal Master

Ok, so if Mas and Company agree to clean up for free, will you then agree to the deal? Let’s move forward, if it’s an option, I’m sure the multi billionaire and his friends will be more than happy. Don’t forget the Softbank for Japan is in for a $5 billion dollar investment in this property for their financial center of the Americas.

Anonymous

Why do they have “the practice facilities” all the way in suburbs of Ft Lauderdale? Why do they also have the overtown site? This project is a JOKE thanks to voters and government officials for messing up private enterprise.

Anonymous

They can sell the Overtown site so somebody can build what was first proposed for it – APARTMENTS. Many professional sports teams have their practice facilities in other nearby cities, plus, Ft Lauderdale is very short drive. And the voters spoke and said this golf course is an unnecessary drain on taxpayers.

Anonymous

I don’t understand why so much hate for this location? All I hear is them stealing the land for real estate. Um yeah duh and who cares? It’s business! What you thought David had the money to invest all of this himself? Him an his business partner both get a win win! Not only that Miami residents win… You now have a team and jobs I don’t understand the problem? The final deal has not been worked out yet but either way the city benefits more from this than that damn golf course nobody benefits from. An have you guys even been keeping track of this story? All these questions y’all posting have already been answered. The Ft. Lauderdale location is for practice as well as where they will play until the stadium is built. The Overtown location isn’t 100% paid for yet but they are hanging on to the land for a backup plan… If they get the Melreese location they may potentially build residential there. I originally thought the Overtown location would be good but after going to the location I realize how small the lot is. It’s not the best place for the stadium and everything they… Read more »

PLB33154

YES! Finally someone sees the real “big picture” here. Let’s just complain and complain! (NOT!) Miami is the perfect city for a new MLS team… We all know that the Teams and League make the money. And like all stadiums, the cities make nada! But the outward press does bring in ancillary revenue. And this land is really not in good shape or utilized now. With the connectivity to two freeways, and MetroRail–it’s a winner of a location! Traffic will be congested no matter where the stadium goes. This is the lesser of the evils most anywhere in Miami-Dade! A pedestrian bridge linking the MetroRail station over the street and river to the property is needed to properly utilize all types of access. Putting the stadium in the middle of an Overtown neighborhood is just a disaster waiting to happen. This location is a “destination” and just might amount to something. The citizens voted. It was well known that the vote was an override to public tender. But those sitting in the seats behind the giant wooden Dias knew that the public tender would last years, cause more headaches, and in the end… garnish nothing but a lesser or no… Read more »

Goal Master

Yes! You complete me. This stadium is a win. This golf course loses $1 million dollars per year, and that’s money the taxpayers have to put in. Also, traffic isn’t a big deal, since there are only 40 home games per year in MLS, and that means that traffic is not an issue for 325 days. So what’s going on? Who is in the commissioners ears? Why are they refusing to move forward with what the voters passed and are still waiting for their government to make it happen ASAP. I love this city, but this is the first time a commission attacks a group, and as life would have it, they have picked the wrong group to piss on. This deal is incredible and will move forward because the voters have spoken, and they will be heard again when these commissioners are up for re-election. Just watch.

Goal Master

Outstanding post! Also, the golf course loses $1 million dollars per year, and who do you think pays for that on a “public” golf course? The taxpayers have to pay for this property that the vast majority of Miami has never even walked on, much less used. This is a great deal and we need to check why the commissioners are dragging their feet. Who are they actually working for? The people have voted and they voted yes to the Miami Freedom Park! Let’s get going!

William

The need to cover a section of that Canal with a big pipe – like it was done in the airport area on the same canal and like it was done at NW 25st and the palmetto back in 2014. The 26′ Corrugated Metal Pipe is standard issue. This will allow for fluid Pedestrian access btw rail and Venue.

Anonymous

Building a free park, soccer fields and stadium out a seldom used golf course.. It’s a no-brained and Miami-Dade citizens agreed.

Golfer can take a short drive and play in Miami Springs.

Anonymous

Exactly!

Anonymous

Miami Springs is not City of Miami. Plus, Melreese is a much nicer course.

Anonymous

How observant that Miami Springs is a different municipality.. So is Doral if they want a nicer course to play on. Many courses are within minutes of Melreese.

RustyTRUMPet

None of which are muni tracks and of the some quality. Doral is private. #DERP

Anonymous

And expensive.

Anonymous

Golf is an expensive sport. You can get a membership card for public courses that makes it a little less of a hit.

Anonymous

Melreese is publicly owned and you still have to pay to play there.

Anonymous

No one said golf was cheap or should be subsidized for the few.

Anonymous

We do subsidize to be honest. Melreese has been hemorrhaging $1 million dollars per year for ever. Taxpayers have to cover that.

Anonymous

The soccer stadium will be publicly owned. Does that mean I get to watch games for free?

Goal Master

Doral has Costa Del Sol golf course, Granada Golf course is minutes away as a 9 hole, Miami Springs Golf is public and right around the corner. I would recommend a 15 – 20 minute drive to Key Biscayne for their public course.

Goal Master

100% correct!

Goal Master

Melreese loses $1 million dollars per year. You can throw a rock from there and hit the Miami springs golf course, that’s how close they are. This is a big win for taxpayers. Also, the Miami springs course will have more money to spend on itself when the few golfers from Melreese cross the street and start paying over there.

Anonymous

ignorance. They dont own the land…. if it’s going to be redeveloped they need to put it out for public bidding and entertaining ALL uses that will best serve the community…

Anonymous

I could not agree more. what’s wrong with this people? this is a project that needed no argument!!!

Anonymous

It’s no brainer not no brained.

Goal Master

Absolutely!

Anonymous

“We look forward to working with the City of Miami to finalize the voter-approved, fair-market-value lease agreement that provides residents with an expansive public park, 11,000 construction jobs, 2,300 permanent jobs and more than $40 million in tax revenue, while using zero City taxpayer dollars,” said Jorge Mas, managing owner of Inter Miami CF. *** THAT is the language of a graverobbing scumbag who needs to rationalize his thievery to the masses !!!

Goal Master

Sorry that you resort to name calling. It’s his own words and he will stick to them. On the other hand, did you know this public golf course is losing $1 million dollars per year? Who do you think pays for that? This is the best deal for Miami. If you have any proof of deviance please bring them to light, I have much more positives and you can fact check me anytime.

Interested

Where is the metrorail station?????

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wHeRe is ThE mEtrOrAiL sTaTiOn???

Jesus Christ, why does everything have to revolve around a metro station. Relax.

Anonymous

It’s at the MIC, a short walk away.

Anonymous

Telling them that is useless.. some of these people can be standing in the place and still wouldn’t have a clue.

Anonymous

Right where the trirail and the rental car center are. It’s perfect.

Anonymous

Stadium looks like a labia.

Anonymous

I thought the same thing…

Anonymous

What about the green space being used that was required to be replaced with new park space off-site? That was one of if not the main reason Ken Russell caved on this. Now it’s not even mentioned. I’ll never understand why people in Miami hate parks and green space.

Anonymous

Wonder why people like you think that people in Miami hate parks and green space?

The Everglades National Park is about a 4000 square mile area!

Anonymous

Bc Russell is spineless

Shawn Kouri

I hope this is built in 2022, or 2023.

Anonymous

This would a great spot for ULTRA.

Anonymous

This is still to close for Gene.

Anonymous

Horrible location for Ultra. Probably can’t do fireworks or use lasers because it’s right next to an airport. Plus then all the money downtown businesses and the City of Miami makes will now go to Mas. Bring it back to Bayfront!

Anonymous

As far as ULTRA coming back to downtown, it ain’t happening. Remember, there’s a height restriction for buildings downtown, so if a building’s height is a problem for aircraft taking off from MIA, lasers surely have to be a problem too.

This would be the perfect place for ULTRA.. noise and transportation wouldn’t be a problem.

Anonymous

It would be for the single family homes next door. The downtown NIMBYs knew they were moving next to Ultra and now complain about it. That’s like moving next to an airport and complaining about the noise from planes. Plus downtown isn’t literally next to the runway so fireworks and lasers can happen in downtown but not next to the runway.

Anonymous

“It would be for the single family homes next door.”

Hmmmm.. interesting. So, let me get this straight. You can understand if the people in these single family homes complain about ULTRA, but if some the owners of these condos complain about ULTRA, then they’re just old grumpy nimby people?

Anonymous

Yup. They moved to downtown knowing that Ultra happens every year. If it was a brand new event I could understand. However, even without Ultra Bayfront Park has historically been used as an outdoor event venue. Concerts and political rallies have always been held there. For these NIMBYs to now complain these events affect their quality of life, then why did they move here?

Anonymous

Yeah, just look at pics of Bayfront Park from the 1940s… definitely always been a venue first and park second.

Anonymous

What could be louder than a 747 taking off?

Anonymous

That’s why this would be a great spot for ULTRA.

Anonymous

Wrong! Ultra will come back downtown.

Anonymous

Which cup is the pea under?

Anonymous

That’s their strategy in a nutshell.

Anonymous

this is a joke right? transportation won’t be a problem? have you been on the 836 ever?

Also, Ultra was happening in downtown for years and had lasers….they purposely point them down do they don’t affect flight paths

Anonymous

Two things. 836 was built for traffic, so complaining about the cars on it is idiocy.

It’s against the law to point laser at an airplanes or in someone’s face, so I don’t think the gatherers at ULTRA would miss it one bit if lasers are outlawed if it’s moved to Melreese.

Anonymous

The city should’ve demanded some money to expand the waterpark on the southeast corner. Miami deserves a real waterpark, Rapids is too damn far!!

Anonymous

You have the beaches and the bay.. what else do you want?

Anonymous

A waterpark!!!

Anonymous

A waterpark!!! with shore power..

Anonymous

If you wanna play in the water, just go to the sea shore.. I bet for shore you’ll see babes in bikinis there to!

Anonymous

but that stadium roof. work of art.

Interested

Let see…..$3.5M a year for how many acres?

Goal Master

Hmmm, let’s see. Melreese is losing $1 million dollars per year into infinity. Who pays for that? Taxpayers. This is a great deal, do the reading necessary to see just how good. The amas family wants this to be a legacy project for the city they love.

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Excited! Finally a proper park people will actually use instead of a golf course for the few!!!

Anonymous

Maybe someone can help me out. So why are they still pursuing overtown and talking about possibly a stadium there? Is this a second stadium or a plan b if golf park doesn’t work out?

Yeyo

No entrance from Le Jeune Rd. north. The exit from Dolphin Expwy is going to be a nightmare. If you will use the airport you will need to leave your house five hours prior

Anonymous

This is a better location than Overtown because it is more connected to highways and a more central location. it’s a no brainer.

Just a City Dude

TOTALLY! Access via private car, bus AND RAIL! Win-win… not in the middle of a neighborhood sandwiched-in between where people LIVE!

Anonymous

Huge futbol fan but I’m at the point where it’s **** this entire team and their stadium. They ban people on social media pages when they speak out against the Melreese proposal. Mas is a crook who is only interested in his real estate play, not the beautiful game.

Anonymous

You are clueless. Mas is the reason we have a team, and he’s using his own money.

Anonymous

And it looks like 50 parking spaces. Smart.

Anonymous

We don’t need another stadium. We need affordable housing.

Anonymous

Get rid of all the on grade parking

Anonymous

Wait. Which project are they pursuing? I thought they were still considering the Overtown site.

Anonymous

Maybe for investment?

Anonymous

Will the green patch on the northeast corner become a Metrorail station if extended down Douglas Road?

Anonymous

Metro rail is already there at the intermodal center. A block away.

Anonymous

Awesome addition.

Anonymous

Since the city wants to fill in the slip maybe Beckham could put it there.

Anonymous

Shhhhh! Don’t tell the downtown NIMBYS.

-Downtown Non-Nimby Resident

Anonymous

Wouldn’t that block more views?? Ha

Anonymous

That was actually his second proposal after PortMiami.

Anonymous

And the citizens cried foul!