Condos Now Being Proposed At Jungle Island, Along With Park

The leaseholders of Jungle Island are proposing to build condos on the property, according to a statement released to the Herald.

The land is owned by the City of Miami, and leased to the operator of Jungle Island for a theme park.

ESJ Capital Partners and Terra are in talks with the city to allow the condo project on five acres of the property.

ESJ took over the lease from the original developer of Jungle Island, and had recently proposed a 300-room hotel on the property.

The new proposal includes building a 13-acre park that would be free and open to the public.

There would also be a new boardwalk built connecting to the south side of the island, where two other developers are planning a massive mixed-use project. The Miami Children’s Museum is also on the south side of the island.

 

 

A view from the south side of Watson island:

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rainey411
21 days ago

Watson Island as a whole continues to be such undervalued real estate; between this and the other side now being empty for over 20 years its time for some leadership to step up and make this a great place for all those living in and visiting Miami.

Anonymous
21 days ago

BOOOOOO! That sux!

Anon
21 days ago

There’s got to be a better use for the city that this.

Marilou
21 days ago

Keep that as a park

Anonymous
21 days ago

Make it an amazing park for all!!!

Anonymous
20 days ago

Rather see a park in the middle of the city not an island

MAS
20 days ago

Skyline park

Anonymous
21 days ago

Horrible idea to allow condos.

Vote
21 days ago

We gotta continue to get these bums outta office. We saw some changing of the guard at the last election and need to keep it going. Sad that the city would turn such a great property into a money grab. What happened to representing the people?!

Annonymous
21 days ago

Make sure that anything built there is built for 15ft of storm surge at peak high tide. Besides that make the island a mixed use neighborhood.

Anon
20 days ago

Why would a park here make sense? It’s almost completely inaccessible.

Anonymous
20 days ago

Tell that to the “build a park” crowd who screamed about Swire replacing iguanaland with a tower.

Anon
20 days ago

At least Brickell Key has pedestrian activity – Watson Island has essentially been transformed into a massive highway.

Anonymous
20 days ago

That’s why we need streetcar/light rail or a Metrorail extension to South Beach, with a stop here.

DWNTWNR
20 days ago

Man, even a ferry would get the job done.

MiamiOfTheFurture
19 days ago

A ferry is a great idea! One that goes to south beach and another to Sunny Isles

Anonymous
20 days ago

Here we go again… Hopefully this doesn’t get watered down into boxes like Island Gardens.

Jamiami
20 days ago

Problem is this is all developer and money driven and not part of a holistic city wide master plan that can be properly supported by the existing and future infrastructure- as if the infrastructure could support more….look at the wall of massive towers that has been built along the same old Biscayne Blvd (with the excuse that most of the units would be for ‘second homes’…Miami after the pandemic exploded and now we have horrible traffic…next will be port of Miami where they’ll sell air rights to develop more sky high towers and all having to use the same MacArthur/ 395 causeway where it all converges and collapses because someone had the bright idea to build all the venues (arena, museums, performing art center) within a three block distance all using a single highway exit! I guess by the time the never ending 395 project gets done it will be obsolete.

Name
20 days ago

Infrastructure capacity is taken into consideration for zoning and land use. If the infrastructure couldn’t support the proposed development, it wouldn’t be zoned to allow it.

publicadvocate
20 days ago

Sale of this very valuable public property is dubious.

latin arch lover
19 days ago

That should have been where marlins stadium should have been built, along with keeping and renovating the orange bowl. would have been a spectacular stadium site, along with a parking and entertainment district linked with rapid transit from the beach to downtown. but alas, we have greedy developers with no vision. so its just another mediocre condo for bored foreigners.

J. Weissmuller
19 days ago

Make it a REAL jungle island by creating a rainforest there for all to enjoy.

Anonymous
14 days ago

I’m not sure the city should be “giving away” any public land for condos.

But rest assured, they will make a very persuasive argument…..

Sell us a portion of this land for condos, and we will build you a beautiful waterfront park for all to enjoy….

It will be an iconic waterfront park that rivals the greatest parks in the world.

The cynic in me thinks that this will get approved then they’ll market the condo as coming with a “private park”….

And it will effectively be private because only the condo owners will have easy access to it.

Win-Win….

Parks Rule
10 days ago

Watson Island should be a public park NOT more elitist condos.

Parks
10 days ago

Watson Island should be a park. In fact, there should be parks on both sides of the 5th Street Causeway. The gateway to Miami and Miami Beach should be a wold class park. This condo crap is just more corruption from Baby Mayor Francis Suarez and the corrupt commissioners.