Commissioners, School Board Approve Land Deal That Would Enable Megamall To Be Built

Dade commissioners approved a deal yesterday to buy 82 acres near Miami Lakes from the state and then sell it to developer Triple Five for $12 million.

Dade’s school board also approved the deal at a meeting today.

The developer will now go through the months long or years long process of obtaining approval to build the largest mall in America. Triple Five expects to gain control of about 200 acres in total.

Commissioners Xavier Suarez and Daniella Levine Cava both voted against the deal, and complained that there wasn’t enough time for the public to review it. Levine Cava also said that she wanted the developer to commit to providing ‘respectable wages – higher than minimum’ at the mall. Suarez argued that the deal was a way for the developer to avoid bidding for the land and possibly paying more.

Water for the project will be provided by a desalination plant in Hialeah, although the county says that they have enough to supply the project if needed.

Dade mayoral candidate Raquel Regalado has come out in opposition to the project over concerns about low wages at the mall and traffic. She said that she would support the deal to sell the land to Triple Five though, since the funds would help the School Board

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Obviously
6 years ago

$12 million for 82 acres?

I better see if I can put some money together and check if I can have a chance at even a tiny percentage of this Mega Mall deal.

laz
6 years ago

there is also residential aspect to it they said, whoever is against this mall/theme park is an idiot, it will bring jobs and it will be tourist destination and we have nothing like this here or even anywhere in florida.

Really???
6 years ago

I agree. I could understand if people in Orlando were against this as this would basically make sure I never have to travel that far north again. But I don’t see how this hurts Miami at all.

Danny
6 years ago

How about let the people voice there opinion. That area is doing just fine without that crap. So what consulting company do you work for?

The ruler of south Florida are the guys who buy commissioners off.

Obviously
6 years ago

Danny ole boy, you’ve already spoken for “the people.” You appear to know what’s best, even better than the politicians and developers for that particular vacant and overgrown sawgrass peice of land.

Now go and put down your foot Danny and tell the county commission again – NO MORE MINIMUM WAGE JOBS!!!

Danny
6 years ago

I live and grew up in that area as well as work for a developer. I know “the people” quiet well, thanks.

Obviously
6 years ago

Danny! Danny! Danny! Danny!…………..

Really???
6 years ago

At a lot size of 7,500 sf you could get about 475 houses on the 82 acres. With a $12M price that comes out to about $25k per lot. For a place where houses sell in the $300k range and considering you’d have to come in build the roads, sewer, etc. that not that far off from market. Not to mention no one is in a rush to build single family homes out at the city limits.

Eon
6 years ago

We don’t need another mall!!

Grato
6 years ago

It’s not a mall, it’s a theme park with a mall. Big difference. We need all the infrastructure to compete with Orlando. They are making fun of Miami all the time. They get all the lobbyists and everytime we try to do something to compete, it’s rejected in order to maintain and support Orlando. Come on Regalado. Please why don’t you concentrate on bringing the big bucks jobs to Miami instead of wasting your time blocking a major project that will create thousands of jobs. Big or small salaries, they are jobs.

Gables
6 years ago

As far as cities go, there is no competition between Miami and Orlando. Miami already won. If people in Orlando are making fun of Miami, let them. Miami is a multi-faceted city and Orlando is just an overgrown suburb with a few theme parks.

Danny
6 years ago

We already have tons of malls. We do not need more traffic, more minimum wage jobs and lower the quality of life for the surrounding area. The last pieces of land in that area should be scrutinized, not given away. The politicians conveniently had only allowed 2 weeks to approve this. Back door deals before the public starts to gain momentum against it. Also, the rendering is for the theme park proposed in another state refused to allow this.

el pingu
6 years ago

build it baby… who cares if we have tons of malls Danny… are you paying rent on it? no then STFU..

build the water park, circus, etc.. if you can build the Beckham stadium and a metrorail..

Obviously
6 years ago

Danny….the ruler of South florida.

Juan Carlos Contreras
6 years ago

Another plastic mall furthering suburban sprawl for South Florida. Woo, economic development!

GLENDA
4 years ago

iam excited AND HAPPY THIS MEGA BILLION MALL WILL PROVIDED MORE JOBS MORE TOURISTS AND MORE FUN AS A US CITIZEN LIVING IN MIAMI GARDENS FOR SO MANY YEARS I HOPE THIS THEME PARK MALL WILL BE BUILD IN OUR CITY IT WILL BE THE THEME PARK MORE BIGGER IN USA