David Beckham and his partners are trying to keep Overtown as an option for a soccer stadium, the Herald is reporting.
Either way, the Overtown property is likely to see development.
The Overtown site was originally planned to be location for Inter Miami’s home stadium, with a march along the Miami River from downtown to Miami before home games.
The team has been controversially negotiating to build a stadium and mixed-use project on a public golf course next to Miami International Airport.
In a letter sent to Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava on June 18, an attorney for the team callled the Overtown property the team’s “preferred alternative site.”
The Beckham partnership had a June 18 deadline to obtain a construction permit to build a stadium, and is now requesting an extension as is permitted under the deal.
The Overtown property could still be developed even if Beckham wins approval to build next to MIA.
Beckham’s lawyer is asking the county to discuss “alternative economic development purposes for the property” if it isn’t needed for a stadium.
A portion of Beckham’s Overtown property was purchased in a deal from the county on the condition it be developed as a soccer stadium and would require approval for other uses.
In the interim, the land could be temporarily converted into a playing field, the letter said.