Can Beckham Build Stadium Without Water And Sewer Land?

If David Beckham can’t work a deal with Dade County to buy land used by the Water and Sewer Department, would he still build his soccer stadium?

A spokesman for Beckham’s group told TNM that it is “too early to speculate” on what they would do in such a case.

Beckham and his partners are in contract to buy a privately owned 4.2 acre property at 650 Northwest Eighth Street. Across Northwest Seventh Street, they are in contract to buy a 1.37 acre lot, and are in talks to buy a 2.79 acre county-owned lot used by the Water and Sewer Department.

In addition to county approval to sell the land, Beckham would require city approval to close Northwest Seventh Street.

Most new MLS stadiums have fields that are 70-75 yards wide, with concourses that are 10 yards. Beckham’s site at 650 Northwest Eighth Street is just 100 yards wide, meaning a tight squeeze even if the stands were left out on one side.

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

I like this site. This project could activate the river as an enterteinment neighborhood

DM
5 years ago

A Stadium as big as Boca Junior’s “La Bombonera” in Buenos Aires would perfectly fit on the proposed site (including both city blocks). That stadium’s capacity is for 49K which is more than currently expected for an MLS stadium for Miami. I am not losing hope just yet!
https://goo.gl/maps/FqELx7wc29m
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Bombonera

Anonymous
5 years ago

Small site, with limited resources around it.

I really wish he and the school board actually used their heads. A stadium near the existing school board facilities in Overtown would have been perfect for all involved: The existing parking decks that the school board owns could have been used for night/weekend matches. There’s already an existing connection to the metromover/395 on the site. There are a ton of empty lots that could be developed and the Arsht Center/Resorts World adjacent. Would be an ideal (but more expensive) location.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yeah, your talking apples and oranges here. The land north/northwest of the Arsht owned by the school board is way more expensive than what they ended up going with. The Beckham group have pretty much shown they are not willing to pay $$$ for premium lots.

Marc305
5 years ago

Putting a stadium near the existing school board would have been too expensive. The value of that land is extremely high because the zoning allows tall structures to be build there such as Melody, Canvas, and Auberge. It prices out people like Beckham and caters to developers with deep pockets. The area chosen by Becks is a better choice because it is affordable, close to the real Metro not a Metromover (something that the school board and Wynwood do not have), and it is near the river which already has nice restaurants such Casa Blanca, Sea Spice, and surely more to come. It is located exactly 0.9 miles from Latitude Condo at the mouth of Brickell and on a nice day it is really not a bad walk. So far they are in talks to acquire a total of 8.36 acres and according to other reports they would like 1.5 more acres bringing the total to almost 10 acres. That is a pretty descent size lot. This is going to be a major project that will change a big chunk of this area and I for one am looking forward to it.

suomynona
5 years ago

I believe I said this very thing on this very site.

Not even FIU Stadium would fit on that single block. It would take up 3/4 of BOTH blocks. It also pretty much confirms that a stadium was NEVER going to reasonably work at the Orange Bowl site, either, like I also said on here.

Orienting the picture in this article East/West (top/bottom) instead of North/South threw me at first.

This is far from a “perfect” site. But it won’t get better than this (mass transport, proximity to downtown, price, etc). I hope they can work something out with Miami Dade for the property just south of here.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I think wynwood would have been perfect