Beckham Has Promised To Replace 73 Acres Of Lost Green Space, But Where?

Miami commissioners voted yesterday in favor of beginning the process to pave over the biggest (and one of the few remaining) green spaces in the city.

To gain approval, developer Jorge Mas and partner David Beckham promised to comply with the City of Miami Comprehensive Plan No Net Loss Policy for recreation space, which requires lost park space to be replaced elsewhere.

It’s highly unlikely though that the city will actually see the creation of any new green space though. Instead, it will likely be replaced with park space already in the works for the city that will simply be designated to help Beckham and Mas technically qualify.

According to the developer’s own presentation, they are developing 73 acres at Melreese, while leaving 110 acres as park space.

Creative accounting appears to have been used to arrive at that number. Roadways into the Beckham development are shown as parkland, by being labeled as circulation for the park. Also counted by Beckham and Mas as a park – the top of garages, which will have soccer fields totaling 23 acres.

At recent meeting, commissioners spoke of Beckham getting creative to replace the lost green space, including designating the Underline, Riverwalk and Baywalk as replacements. Another possibility is the 55-acre Heritage Trail planned under the new Signature Bridge.

Beckham already owns land in Overtown which was originally planned as the stadium. It was purchased for over $3 million an acre though, which probably is too expensive to be donated as parkland.

The city technically could also delay the start of play at Beckham’s stadium by not issuing a Certificate of Occupancy if they fail to comply with replacing the green space, but considering the hype the team will generate, that also seems unlikely.

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

What a sad day for history… the stadium should’ve been in Overtown…

Anonymous
3 years ago

It should have been in Museum Park or Virginia Key as a multi-purpose stadium for baseball, football, and soccer.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Perhaps a floating field for Marine Stadium?

Anonymous
3 years ago

…mean Watson Island.

Suomynona
3 years ago

My above comment still stands, in general. But just pretend it wasn’t directed at you. I had seen somebody else on here mention building on Virginia key this week and i thought it was becoming a disturbing trend.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Leave Virginia key alone. Jesus people, stop trying to pave over Virginia key. Please.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Build the stadium in Museum Park, a wasted space that nobody goes to.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Let’s send a big thank you to the 11 NIMBY lawyers and residents (cough Gene Williams) who live downtown as well as the Royal Carribean BOD. Your greed just ate into the largest public space of Miami, don’t pats yourselves on the back too much. At the end of the day, even after your fake philanthropic efforts, you are all still self serving and greedy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Vote NO!! Build in Overtown…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Vote YES!! Build at Melreese….

Suomynona
3 years ago

You’re getting crushed in the unofficial tnm poll.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t care… vote YES for MELREESE!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Can the city stop with this nonsense?

These bozos can’t do simple math — what makes the city think they are going to keep their word?

Anonymous
3 years ago

And it’s disgusting that the mayor is aiding with developers instead of trying to get the best deal for the city and its residents.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We, the residents of Miami, are going to get screwed over. Francis Suarez should be recalled. If he really wanted Melreese to be redeveloped he should have allowed open bidding. Instead he is wasting city time and resources to lobby for a private enterprise to build a mall on public land.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’ve got 55 acres under a highway I can sell ya.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Actually that was my first thought. Expanding the Underline park might be a win for everyone.

Anonymous
3 years ago

With or without Beckham the Underline is happening.

Anonymous
3 years ago

True, but wouldn’t mind seeing another 75 acres added.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How will you add 75 acres to the underline? Plus they have to add parkland in the city of Miami. The underline passed Douglas station is already outside city limits.

Anonymous
3 years ago

We can’t afford to let people get away with creative accounting. These creepy developers should have to replace all parkland lost and not be allowed to include parkland that is already in the works or already accounted for (e.g., Underline). A good place to start would be donating the land Beckham owns in Overtown. I’m sure this deal with go through, but I personally hope it doesn’t. Beckham can take his team and creepy developers to another city or back to the UK for all I care. Having a major league sports franchise is not worth devaluing our community and giving away publicly owned assets.

marc
3 years ago

It still needs to be voted on. Not a done deal.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hes literally throwing parties and giving away free food to people. Hes going to get this approved.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Voters will decide.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Like they did with the Observation Tower? It will be obfuscated with wording for the public.

Anon
3 years ago

MELREESE IS NOT A PUBLIC PARK IT’S A FOR PROFIT GOLF COURSE

Anonymous
3 years ago

AN MLS STADIUM AND MALL ARE NOT PUBLIC PARKS! YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY TO WATCH SOCCER AND SHOP.

Anon
3 years ago

There will be green space/parks/soccer fields in their plan no??

Anonymous
3 years ago

You honestly think Mas is going to let residents play on his soccer field for free? Nope. People will have to pay for parking plus high fees to use the fields or play in a league. Poor Miami residents from the area will not be able to afford it. The fields will be used more by kids from Doral and Coral Gables while the City of Miami pays for all the city services provided to this “park” and get peanuts in return.

Anonymous
3 years ago

MELREESE IS NOT A PUBLIC PARK IT’S A FOR PROFIT GOLF COURSE

Anonymous
3 years ago

You lost me at creepy

Anonymous
3 years ago

MIAMI IS SO CORRUPT!!! Enough of these cuban/tony montana mayors!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Recall Francis.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Whats the rush, MLS needs Miami more than Miami needs MLS.

Anonymous
3 years ago

And the voters will approve it. Beckham was literally throwing parties in coconut grove and giving away free food. He only needs to go to senior citizen apartments and give free food there and he will get it approved.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why is three million an acre to expensive to donate as parkland? With that attitude, we will never get more parks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah… homeless people suffer from a lack of parks.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Norman Braman go get them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nah, he’s not concerned, won’t effect sales of his autos.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You’re obsession with Braman is quite unhealthy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your*

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

Let’s get really creative! Count the stadium field itself as green space, paint the chairs and sidewalks green, and use green roofs on the office buildings.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Haha

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why didn’t the mayor think of that?!

Anonymous
3 years ago

I am looking forward to attending games at the stadium,

Suomynona
3 years ago

I’m not. I’m going to avoid it. I was very much excited about the Overtown site though.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Be honest, no matter where the stadium is built, you wanna stay home anyway and watch soccer games on TV.

Anonymous
3 years ago

people are already angry about politics right now and are more than likely to vote No No No out of anger to ballot measures this fall… so if the right resistance can form to this, it has a chance not to pass.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Keep repeating “Beckham/Mas are requesting taxpayer funding to clean up the toxic waste site after promising no public funds would be used”.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Voters will decide in November.

Bad plan. City needs parks
3 years ago

Exactly. Miami needs more parks, not less. Jorge Mas will refuse to replace all the acres he is demolishing.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Stop the brickell fat cats from this land grab.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nobody in the ownership group even lives in Miami. Mas lives in Pinecrest and works in Coral Gables. I live in Brickell and will be voting no.

No Bid deal
3 years ago

Jorge Mas wants a No Bid deal to demolish a City of Miami park and build offices, a hotel and a mall. He wants cheap rent people. Duh.

Anonymous
3 years ago

really? what about that rich d bag and his wife who got cut chopping down mangroves last year??? he should be replacing mangroves across the entirety of the state but we are worried about a proposal of a golf course needing to be replaced?

marc
3 years ago

So you’re comparing the loss of some mangroves, which sucks, to the loss of 73 acres of greenspace?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why the biased article?

Anonymous
3 years ago

How is it biased? We are going to get screwed over.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Provide an informative rebuttal please.

Anonymous
3 years ago

There is not more land available in Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes there is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Once built people will only question why they didn’t do this much sooner. It will be a great gathering spot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What I always wanted to do. Eat at a TGI Fridays in a mall next to an airport after driving in traffic on the 836.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Lol

#ThatsTheLife

Anonymous
3 years ago

I can see all the soccer-stadium haters are out today. No matter where Becks wants to build there will always be bellyachers putting every road block possible. Let me remind you this is his 5th attempt. You people act as if building a stadium is impossible and yet somehow many major cities seem to have achieved that in less time that it has taken us to decide when we should think about deciding. Please! Give me a break. This project should have been built on the bay, it would have looked just as beautiful as the Padres Stadium does in San Diego, but it was not meant to be.

Now, despite of what all you haters think, Becks and the Mas brothers have found a viable option. And yes, there is a big enough soccer fan base that want this project to happen. We have been lucky to have Becks continue to try and not give up on Miami. Now if you are so much against it get off you ass in November and go and vote. I know that myself and all my friends will do the same except we will vote YES. If you win, we will shut the hell up. If you lose, we hope you will the same.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Vote Yes!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

I don’t givadamn about soccer… but when it’s time to vote on this, I’m voting YES just to piss some people off.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do you give a damn about your tax dollars? If you do, vote no. If you really want to see someone pissed off then vote no to piss off the soccer crazies.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m paying for the truck tunnel. I’m paying for half of the Marlins Stadium. So what the heck, they’re doing whatever they want with our tax dollars anyway.

Vote YES!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Break the cycle. Vote no. Be the change you want to see in the world. Vote no.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Change the world? Are you kidding?

I’m voting YES!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Nobody here is a soccer hater. The problem is so many people like you are blinded by your love of soccer that you fail to realize this is not a good deal. If it was then why not allow open bidding? If Mas’ deal is the best then why is he so afraid of competition? And the Beckham group even started the stadium is only a small portion of the overall project. We are essentially giving public land away to build a mall at less than fair market value. And don’t tell me the agreement states they will pay fair market value rent. That is utter bs. True fair market value would be the highest bid someone is willing to pay for Melreese not what some consultant paid by Jorge Mas says it is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Exactly! I don’t understand these Mas fanboys.

Anonymous
3 years ago

5th and worst attempt. They should use the option that doesn’t require changing the city charter.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yet another reason for me and my family to go out and vote this November. I was raised as a Republican but this year I am voting Democrat all the way down the list and I am voting YES on this project. The Gov is going to spend my tax money regardless, my kids and wife love soccer and as a former college player myself I say build it!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Agree… vote YES!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just because you love soccer is not a good reason to vote yes. I like Baseball but hate the Marlins deal and haven’t gone to a game in years. I also like golf and if there was an open bidding process to get the best deal with actual public input then i would vote yes to redevelop Melreese. This deal is not about soccer it is about building a corporate park and mall on the cheap and using the soccer stadium as an excuse. Also. Francis Suarez and the Mases are Republicans.

Anonymous
3 years ago

…..Then you really are not a baseball fan.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Just because someone likes a sport doesn’t mean they want their tax dollars to subsidize millionaires who play it. I too am a baseball fan but Loria and the Marlins stadium deal make it very hard.