Biggest Mall In North America Delayed By Miami-Dade Over Traffic Studies

American Dream Miami was supposed to break ground by the end of 2016, but it has been pushed back until 2017 due to a delay in the approval process.

Miami-Dade delayed the process by asking for more details on the traffic impact of the project, after a study showed that the mall would generate more trips than was first forecast.

A commission vote on the project will now take place 9 months later than originally expected. Developers had hoped to have a comprehensive development master plan amendment voted on in May or June, but that has been pushed back to February or March 2017.

Last year, the owners of Aventura Mall and Sawgrass hired ‘top tier’ lobbyists in an attempt to kill the project.

 

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Anonymous
4 years ago

Aventura Mall and Sawgrass afraid of a little competition. I hope this massive project gets built.

Really???
4 years ago

Agreed. Aventura Mall is ALWAYS insanely packed. I’d like nothing more than another mall to suck away a decent percentage of the customers so it can come back down to reasonable levels.

Oh well, maybe one day they actually get retail at World Center so I never have to go to Aventura again.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

That’s NOT a reason to build it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Solution: more public transport

Anonymous
4 years ago

On whos dime?

marc
4 years ago

Good question.

Johnny N
4 years ago

This is not a tax payer project. The money will be funded by the Canadians. The same investors who funded the original Mall of the America’s in Minnesota. They will even have to pay for the roads as well. It is all within the public project plan that was laid out.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Keep waiting for a 30 mile metro rail line all the way out here, it’s going to come real soon (not)…ppl really have no concept of why this is a bad development. It doesn’t actually contribute to the urban environment. This is for suburban housewives.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

Funny how all the comments against this project gets the thumbs down treatment.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Please don’t cancel this project just because of ‘Traffic concerns’. That would be a really stupid reason. Miami can’t afford to let this opportunity go by. We barely see massive projects like this get built in our community. They need to hurry up and find a solution quickly

Anonymous
4 years ago

Barely get projects like this built??? What about citicentre, design district, world center, island gardens…I can keep going, this should never be built it will just be another cookie cutter mall.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

This project needs to die. There is zero need for this mall. It won’t even improve the economy in this county and bring traffic, water, and other woes that will be ultimately paid for by taxpayers.

Johnny N
4 years ago

Wow Ben… Sounds like you are an individual would doe snot go out much. I believe you should stay home and let those who truly understand the value of this in our city go out and enjoy this project with their family and friends. How could you say this has no impact when yet, this will be another hit for tourist attraction. Let us not forget that is the mega money for any city in the world. Tourism!!!!!! Also, it will bring in thousands of jobs. As far as I know, the economy will have a positive impact when people have a job and are able to afford spending money. That alone is another reason why to build this. I am a family man… This will be a great place to take my family and friends. I am so excited to city this in our city. I think your concerns are worthless and are what I call paper trash…. You need to look at the big picture and not just your own picture!!!!!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Hurry up damn it, I want to go indoor skiing already.

Rod
4 years ago

I love what’s going on in the urban core of Miami, that’s why I frequent websites like this one, but I also understand and more importantly respect people’s decision to live in a tradition house out in the suburbs. Not everyone wants to live in a condo. It’s their choice, live and let live. Let them have their mall.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

The detached single family home on the fringes of a city is an artificial creation by the federal housing department to increase homeownership and keeping families tied down with a 30 year financial commitment. It’s the backbone of our banking system.

Truth: spreading out resources (roads, water, electricity, transit, etc.) to areas with a density too low to support those services and must be paid for by all county residents with no added benefit to the greater population.

Most people would choose a reasonably sized apartment over a house if the government would stop advertising single family dwelling homeownership as “the American Dream”.

AJL
4 years ago

THANK YOU. There’s nothing “traditional” about living in a single-family detached house built in a ’90s segregated subdivision on the edge of an environmentally sensitive area. A more traditional lifestyle would be living in multifamily buildings where most of your commuting is done on foot.

Fredric
4 years ago

Interesting how so many people react to a proposed project like this by saying, “This project should not get built because…” What gets forgotten always is that communities have always prospered through addition, not subtraction and not stagnation. One would look at things differently if in a different context. Can you imagine someone saying, for example, “this extra money should not be put into my bank account because…”(?)

Massive projects may have some negative impacts to some specific things such as traffic congestion, it can and does sometimes happen. But guess what? Traffic concerns can be addressed, can be corrected and can be alleviated! Want Metrorail to be expanded? Well then, one of the most important drivers to get that done is the pressure that unfolds when a project such as this comes into being. Politicians have to be pushed into action and so do government bureaucracies, they rarely act proactively but instead do so reactively. Then, presto! You have the expanded rail transit system that you have craved for so long.

Massive projects also pump money into a community and that usually trumps any argument about traffic, land usage, investing in suburbia instead of the urban core (as if you cannot have both simultaneously) and so on. Jobs are created, recreational and entertainment options are expanded and as a result, the quality of life in the community as a whole is improved. Not to worry though, there will always be plenty of large projects that are proposed but never come to fruition to satisfy the naysayers.

Anonymous
4 years ago

i love and iam weating for the multi billion theme park to be bbuild more tourist more jobs and more fun

Chris
4 years ago

as a resident of nearby country club I say YES to this mall. I have to drive all the way out to Aventura to shop and that sucks. Now I dont know the mall should be the biggest in all the country, that seems quite a bit ridiculous.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

You should talk to a resident of Aventura. They might change your mind – especially at Christmas time, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Labor Day, etc.

Life enjoyment
4 years ago

I don’t know if you guys have noticed but I75 is doing a massive exspansion…so it looks like it’s a go…hooray!!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

I’d like to see it get built if they contribute to making and expanding nearby roads.

Anonymous
4 years ago

More roads…that’s always the solution! That’s why this city is a mess, because we keep building out in the middle of nowhere.

suomynona
4 years ago

Agreed. They should be paying for expanded MASS TRANSIT (eg, a future – even if distant – Metrorail stop).

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

They don’t have to expand nearby roads or mass transit. All they have to do is build the mall and cash in once they sell out to an operating company. We pay for everything else.

Danny
4 years ago

Living around the area, I hope it fails. Kill this suburban sprawl and ridiculous project.

AA
4 years ago

This project is a disaster for Miami. This city is finally starting to do things right when it comes to development and transportation. We’re finally seeing more urban infill, retrofits, and main-street type retail, which is great, as these markets are soaring in value. The traditional mall is dying in most of America, and the earlier version of this project outside of NY went bankrupt twice. I just don’t see why this needs to be built, especially when we have great new mall-type projects and mall renovations happening across the area.

Anonymous
4 years ago

You can’t see why this project is being built? Main-street type reatail? Where do we live…Hooterville? Its 90 degrees outside most of the year! Give me a cool mall any day.

Ben Grimm
4 years ago

The national trend says you are correct. People prefer a Miracle Mile type shopping experience over the traditional mall shopping experience. It doesn’t seem that way because they don’t have a choice. Gulfstream Park has a more main street style. All of downtown Miami could be a main stream experience… if people more people would move in.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Can’t believe ppl want this built, why would you want another crappy mall in the middle of nowhere….don’t we already have Sawgrass and dolphin….

Johnny N
4 years ago

Hence the reason why I don’t take your comment seriously. You mention your comment with the word crappy. So sorry that our cities have not pleased you with a better quality of mall. I feel pity for you. You seem like not the type of individual who looks at the positive side of things. You feel you deserve better than others and that no matter what nothing is fit for you. I am a family man. Things like this are what I love to do with my family. I am able to spend time with them. The issue is that you want the best but even if you had it you would talk shit on it only because your ungrateful…. Since they are so crappy and this will be another crappy mall in your books, I hope you don’t step foot there. One less person to take up space…

Anonymous
4 years ago

I hope this project fails….things like this are the reason people keep living in suburbia…

Gables
4 years ago

I’d rather see the Youth Fair get moved to this site so that FIU can expand. That would be a better use of this land.