1,800 Room Marriott At Worldcenter To Break Ground By The End Of 2014

Despite a Planning Board delay last week, MDM Development is still planning to break ground on the 1,800 room Marriott Marquis Miami World Center, along with 600,000 square feet of convention space, ‘towards the end of 2014.’

The 765,000 square foot Mall at Miami Worldcenter, which is being built separately by The Forbes Company and Taubman Centers, is scheduled to break ground in the fourth quarter of 2014, with a planned opening in late 2016.

The first phase of the project will also include over 1,000 residential units.


Miami Worldcenter, The Forbes Company & Taubman Move Forward with the First Phase of Development

July 02, 2014
Miami Worldcenter Associates, The Forbes Company and Taubman (NYSE: TCO) announced today that they have submitted plans to the City of Miami for the first phase of development of Miami Worldcenter. This submittal is a pivotal step towards groundbreaking on what will be one of the largest, private, mixed-use developments in the United States.

The plans for phase one, designed by renowned architectural firm Elkus-Manfredi Architects, have been submitted to the City for design review – the required first step under the review process. While current zoning already allows a world-class mixed-use development as-of-right, the developers will continue to work with the City during design review to incorporate any feedback. Any changes that may ultimately result from the City’s recent request before the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board to modify certain aspects of the zoning will be incorporated at a later date.

“Miami Worldcenter is a landmark project that will forever change the face of Miami’s downtown core,” said Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who is also Chair of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. “This project will elevate a barren concrete landscape into an exciting pedestrian-friendly community. The City of Miami is committed to seeing this transformative project move forward and break ground at the end of the year. This project will serve as a shining example of the City’s efforts to further brand Miami as a dynamic global city.”

The centerpiece and largest component of phase one is The Mall at Miami Worldcenter, a luxury shopping center comprised of approximately 765,000 square feet of shops and dining. Anchored by a 120,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s and a 195,000-square-foot Macy’s, The Mall at Miami Worldcenter will be developed by a partnership between The Forbes Company and Taubman.

Complementing The Mall at Miami Worldcenter is the 7th Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare with European-style outdoor cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques. Miami Worldcenter will introduce shady, tree-lined streets and 35,000 square feet of new public parks and landscaped sidewalks intertwining the ground-floor uses, transforming downtown into an energetic, walkable and urban environment.

The Forbes Company, a nationally recognized developer, owner and manager of super-regional, world-class shopping destinations throughout Florida and United States, and Taubman, a real estate investment trust that owns, develops, acquires and operates regional shopping centers internationally, are scheduled to break ground on The Mall at Miami Worldcenter in the fourth quarter of 2014, with a planned opening in late 2016.

“The Forbes Company, in partnership with Taubman, will bring its award-winning formula for development to our latest joint venture in which we will create an environment that is architecturally significant in the use of fine materials and finishes, along with breathtaking aesthetics,” said Nathan Forbes, managing partner of The Forbes Company. “This design paradigm of exceptional international architecture will transcend time and place and will frame the distinctive retail offerings providing a guest experience that will be second to none.”

The balance of phase one will include more than 1,000 residential units and approximately 4,400 parking spaces.

“We are thrilled to unveil a plan for the first phase of Miami Worldcenter that showcases the vibrant, mixed-use and walkable project that we have envisioned for Miami,” said Nitin Motwani, managing principal of Miami Worldcenter Associates. “Miami Worldcenter will shape the skyline, redefine the pedestrian experience and improve the quality of life for downtown residents, locals and visitors from around the world. While already approved to execute this vision as-of-right, we welcome the City’s input and will continue to work closely to ensure the most efficient process for bringing Miami Worldcenter to fruition.”

Featuring a diverse mix of retail, office, hospitality, entertainment and residential components, as well as public spaces within Miami’s urban core, Miami Worldcenter is situated on more than 25 acres. The development is immediately north of the Central Business District, extending 10 city blocks between Northeast 2nd Avenue and North Miami Avenue and from Northeast 6th Street to 11th Street.

Miami Worldcenter is also the site of the new Marriott Marquis Miami World Center, to be built by MDM Development Group, which will be comprised of a 1,800-room hotel and 600,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition and convention space. The hotel tower also includes amenities such as an expansive pool deck and an 80,000-square-foot outdoor event deck with views of the bay, American Airlines Arena and downtown.

“The world-class Marriott Marquis Miami World Center will meet a critical industry demand in Miami’s burgeoning downtown, drawing visitors and exhibitors from around the world to the heart of our urban core,” said Ian Swanson with MDM Development. “MDM Development is working closely with the city and is looking forward to launching the project by the end of the year.”

Among Miami Worldcenter’s greatest attributes is its excellent location conveniently located near such entertainment venues such as American Airlines Arena, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Perez Art Museum Miami, Bayside Marketplace, as well as Miami Dade College and government centers. The site is in proximity to local public transit and such regional transportation and tourism hubs as Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami, and is within minutes to Miami Beach.

Currently, Miami Worldcenter already has ideal ingress and egress to I-95 and I-395, and is the only development planned in downtown Miami that has three stops on the Metromover. Additionally, All Aboard Florida will bring its multi-billion dollar private passenger rail, connecting Orlando to Miami, immediately adjacent to Miami Worldcenter, bringing millions of visitors to Miami Worldcenter, and will connect with the existing Metromover and Metrorail to create a truly integrated transportation hub.

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About Miami Worldcenter Associates
Miami Worldcenter Associates is led by Principals Art Falcone and Nitin Motwani. Art Falcone is also the CEO of South Florida-based Falcone Group – a privately held and vertically integrated real estate and land development organization specializing in all real estate product types. In 2011, Miami Worldcenter Associates partnered with CIM Group, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment company that makes equity and/or debt investments in urban communities throughout North America. Together, they combine knowledge and established success with a dedication to the improvement and revitalization of presently underutilized urban landscapes.

About The Forbes Company
Based in Southfield, Michigan, The Forbes Company is a nationally recognized owner, developer and manager of iconic regional shopping centers, recognized throughout their respective markets for their retail innovation, fashion leadership, distinctive architecture and luxury appointments. These properties include: The Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida; The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida; and Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.theforbescompany.com.

About Taubman
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing six properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 5.6 million square feet. Taubman, with over 60 years of experience in the shopping center industry, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Taubman Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong. http://www.taubman.com.

About MDM Development

Miami-based MDM Development is one of the region’s most respected developers. MDM’s track record of success includes development of Brickell Avenue’s Mellon Financial Center and adjacent JW Marriott Hotel Miami. It also includes downtown Miami’s Metropolitan Miami (The Met) which is comprised of Met 1, a completed and occupied 447-unit, 40-story luxury residential tower; Wells Fargo Center (formerly Met 2), comprised of a 47-story, 750,000-square-foot Class ‘A’ officer tower and adjoined 41-story first-to-market JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts Miami; Met 3, which includes an under-construction Whole Foods Market, parking garage and luxury rental apartment; and Met Square, an entertainment and lifestyle center which will include a Silverspot Movie Theater. The company’s next major development, The Marriott Marquis Miami World Center, within the Miami Worldcenter complex, is expected to break ground towards the end of 2014. MDM’s other holdings include additional hotel properties throughout Miami-Dade County.