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