Construction Underway On $136M Parking Garage At MIA

A new parking garage is now under construction at Miami International Airport.

The new Park 6 garage is being built adjacent to the existing Flamingo Garage, and will have 2,240 spaces.

Miami-Dade County says it is spending $136 million on the project. That equates to a cost of around $61,000 per space.

Both passenger and employees will use the new 7-story garage, the county said in a statement.

Completion is planned for Summer 2026.

Lemartec Corporation was hired  in October 2023 to design and build the new garage. The company is a subsidiary of Mastec. Jose Mas is the CEO of Mastec and the managing owner of Inter Miami, which is also building a stadium next to MIA.

 

 

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Urbanist
28 days ago

We have transit to the airport, but nobody can use it or rely on it because it shows up once an hour.

What an absolute joke. The County should be ashamed of themselves.

Broward Dude
28 days ago

I’m sure the $136M could have gone towards buying more trains for tri-rail to increase their frequency to half hour or even 20 minutes all day or even to metrorail. Then you could service thousands of people going to the airport and a bunch of other useful trips. Shows where the priorities are…

Never
28 days ago

Jorge Mas and the company his father founded is one of the most important people in Dade County. Your not understanding that public money goes to the power elite here, it always has and it always will!

Jordan
28 days ago

Government is not the solution.
Government is the problem.

Anonymous
28 days ago

The issue is when someone elected to serve in government conveys that the government itself is the problem.

Anonymous
28 days ago

It is when government is serving those in power and arbitrary select groups. You’re in civil service, not the board of directors.

Anonymous
28 days ago

At times this issue is big government blue-heads, selling out, and other times it’s the small government red-heads, giving it away—neither serving those they govern. We just need stronger ethics, checks and balances, and transparency.

anon
28 days ago

They have no shame as long as they can keep getting away with it

Anonymous
28 days ago

MIA looks like a third world bus depot and yet more parking is the priority – mind blowing

Anon
28 days ago

MIA isn’t good but these extreme comments are nothing but stupid

Anonymous
28 days ago

Especially when any replacement will be from the same architects who design mediocrity. You can’t build an impressive airport anymore unless you’re a dictatorship.

Anonymous
28 days ago

LaGuardia’s makeover, along with Madrid and Istanbul’s new airports, shows that democracies can pull off big projects with the right leadership. It’s about getting everyone on board—governments, businesses, and locals—without turning to heavy-handed tactics.

These cities proved it’s possible to do great things when leaders with vision step up. The key is making politics welcoming enough for these kinds of leaders to step forward and drive change and inviting the public to participate in these processes.

Taxed Out
27 days ago

Turkey is a democracy?

Anonymous
27 days ago

The U.S. and Turkey are both secular democracies with elected Presidents, while the U.S. also distributes power among states. Spain has a combined monarchy and a democracy, with a ceremonial King and a governing Prime Minister. All hold elections to choose leaders.

name
27 days ago

LaGuardia would like a word

Where is Mana?
27 days ago

MIA is an airport in the same way the land next to it used to be a golf coarse! The people who have held power for decades have to benefit from public money! Have you noticed how many investigations happen here, nothing changes at all!

Anonymous
27 days ago

Is there a limit on how long people can park or is this basically seasonal car storage funded by local tax payers?

Anonymous
18 days ago

Exactly the worst airport. It’s beyond dated & they’re choosing to spend on a new parking lot.

Anonymous
28 days ago

They need better ride share pick up area, the Uber drivers get lost and it takes 30 minutes or more for the Uber drivers to find the pick up area. Rather see more efficient pick up design.

anon
28 days ago

The drop-off hasn’t been touched since the airport was built.

Mitch
25 days ago

Move all ride share and taxi pickup and drop off areas (including parking garages) to the Intermodal Center that came with a cost of 2 billion dollards…..

Bandit
28 days ago

Encouraging people to drive to an airport just to leave their cars parked there is a joke. Improve the Metrorail connection and fix the SKY train! Its literally that simple

Jordan
28 days ago

The revered SKY Train worked for many years, and people still bitched and complained.

More and more customers are flocking to MIA, and most frequent travelers are satisfied with the airport. State politicians want to get the average and below average voters worked up into a frenzy so that the State of Florida can cede power from Miami Dade County.

Anonymous
28 days ago

From how amazing other public parts of Florida look, maybe having State help could be a good thing, as long as they genuinely want to make improvements. There should at least be collaboration and synergy.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Miami Beach needs a direct metro rail line to MIA with one stop at downtown.

Mitch
27 days ago

All existing parking garages, except a short term small lot should be removed from that area and to the intermodal station close by; that area where the current garages are should be used to build a new terminal to replace the shameful central terminal…..but no, lets build another ugly garage to put a bandaid in our dying airpot…..

Anonymous
27 days ago

It sounds like this 136 million is a big mislead waste of money benefiting a concrete pourer, and will just need to be town down in a few years to make room for a new terminal!

Hello
28 days ago

$136 million and it holds no other purpose other than car storage wtf

Anonymous
28 days ago

and nothing special same garage as next door…..

Anon
28 days ago

so we should spend more to make it the Taj Mahal of parking? it’s functional.

Jordan
28 days ago

One way to look at it….or you can think about it as a Profit Center.

People gladly pay $25 per day to park there. Back out 25% in operating and maintenance reserve expense (they don’t have many humans, and nearly everything is handled with machines and remote people on a speaker.

WAH guessing the “occupancy” and expense figures here but try this:
$25 per day x 365 days per year x 80% Occupancy = $7,300 per year INCOME.
Take out expenses.
$5,475 annual net income on a $61,000 investment = 9% return per year.

People who clamor for more shuttles or more comfortable toilet seats or whatever, just NEED all those comforts as long as someone else is paying for them.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Does the city actually need an additional $5k per year to justify this as a profitable venture? Does this outweigh the costs of increased vehicle traffic, airport delays, and lost revenue from diverting resources from essential economic drivers such as world-class transit and terminals?

Individuals who can’t use shuttles or ride-sharing for drop-offs may heavily rely on the comfort of their personal vehicles, feeling they “need” parking due to their individualistic views.

Will those dependent on their “emotional support vehicles” seek doctor’s notes to have them flown in cargo? If ride-sharing or shuttles made me that uncomfortable, I’d ask a friend for a lift and treat them to lunch.

Anonymous
28 days ago

(Replace city with county)

Jordan
27 days ago

1. Miami-Dade County owns the land and is investing the money.
2. $5,475 profit x 2,240 spaces = $12,264,000. EVERY year.
3. ??? That isn’t the trade off.
4. Parking is always there in the early morning when I usually fly. I don’t NEED parking, but I want it. I get it, and I pay for it myself.

It is fortunate that I’ve earned the freedom and liberty to either drive myself, hire a driver, take a government train, or walk.

No self respecting adult asks friends for rides to the airport. Unless you are under 26 and still on your parents health insurance, it is a real shameless look.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Now you’re talking, Jordan! Jumping from just $5,000 to a massive $12 million in public funds is huge. Glad you cleared that up. Making sure this money goes toward enhancing metro mover and rail; building new modern terminals with Sky Rail; adding easy-to-access spots for rideshares separate from pickups; and starting new electric trolley services to key transit hubs like Brickell Station, Downtown Station, Wynwood/Midtown and MIA, would be a great idea. I do think sharing a ride, no matter your age—especially with someone close to you—is commendable. I also appreciate your sense of self-reliance.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Also, the building’s lifespan is an important factor. With a cost of $123 million and a prospective annual income of $12 million, if we factor in a hypothetical 2.5% inflation rate, it seems the structure would become profitable in about 12 years, maybe?

Anonymous
28 days ago

But…but… Jordan can use his parking spot every 6 months.

I guess, getting dropped off by a chauffeur in a premium ride isn’t a worthwhile option for him.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Rather see impressive and comfortable new terminals and shuttles between terminals than parking. Do people even park at the airport? I drive and take transit, and have never parked at the airport.

Anonykeks
28 days ago

MIA’s parking lots are 100% full every single day

Anonymous
28 days ago

So are the roads, which resemble parking lots.

Jordan
27 days ago

Not at 6am.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Is that because seasonal visitors store cars there for months at a time?

Jordan
27 days ago

That would be crazy if they stored cars at the airport through a season, but $750 per month is probably what it costs to park in NYC for a month.

Jordan
28 days ago

I do.
About once every 6 weeks.

At only $61,000 per parking space, the investment will probably pay for itself in 3 years.

Anonymous
28 days ago

So taxpayers should pay for one person to have the luxury of a parking spot used sparingly every 6 weeks, when everyone else uses transit and ride-shares. More parking doesn’t sound like a “need,” like new world class designed terminals, shuttles, metro transit lines, and road improvements – go figure!

Anon
28 days ago

1 spot used every 6 weeks LOL … they are mostly full. comments here are ridiculous.

Jordan
28 days ago

Ummm…..no.

I PAY to park there $25 per day, and Miami Dade County makes a profit.

Some people NEED to have government trains, of which their fare does not even come close to covering the costs….let alone turning a profit.

Anonymous
26 days ago

Think about how much we all worked to save up 123 million together, bc someone thinks his parking spot is more important than new world class terminals and transit?

Anonymous
27 days ago

At $25 max per day for 365 days a year=$9125 per save per year. With upkeep costs, it would pay for itself in about 10 years.

Anonymous
28 days ago

What the should do is rebuild the Central Terminal for God’s sake!

Anonymous
28 days ago

Look at the new courthouse for God’s sake! Any new construction will look worse no matter how badly the Central Terminal ages.

Anonymous
28 days ago

Is this where the federal money that was supposed to improve MIA is going? A basic parking garage for profit?

Jordan
28 days ago

No.
If you read the article above, it clear reads “Miami-Dade County says it is spending $136 million on the project.”

Our Federal Government does not invest money on projects that make money, unless they are laundering tax payer money on foreign wars.

Anonymous
27 days ago

What if this was a new ride share terminal and it saved the county 136 milllion plus 12 million in profit a year?

ParkingHater
28 days ago

$61,000 per space. I’m sure parking rates will reflect this cost. 100 a day sounds good

Jordan
28 days ago

If you wanted to pay $100, you could probably arrange to pay that upfront or something.

I’ll continue to pay the market rate, which should probably be no more than the same $25 a day with that additional 2,240 of supply added.

ParkingHater
28 days ago

brother if you think 25 a day is market rate

Anonymous
28 days ago

How about make it 300 a day?

The revenue can go toward a Brightline (or alternative express transit lines) so it’s 30 dollars a day, not 200. 🙏

According to some here, if the market pays it and it’s profitable, there should be no limits on prices.

Dee
28 days ago

136 Milli is wild for a parking garage

Anonymous
28 days ago

Back in my day we parked on dirt that looked better than this and it was free 😂

Jordan
27 days ago

2,240 parking is a pretty big parking garage for a very busy airport.

Rhymes with Donald Fagan
27 days ago

“In miami the 136 million dollar subsidy went for another airport parking garage. That comes out to 61,000 per space.
It would have been a lot cheaper to buy everyone an uber ride”

Anonymous
27 days ago

That’s one of many better ideas.

Cover the Podiums
27 days ago

That seems a bit expensive…i thought florida was around $35k per spot for garage construction

Name*
27 days ago

And where’s the “economy of scale” given the size but simplicity of it? It’s only 7 stories.

Anonymous
27 days ago

Shouldn’t it cost less since it’s the same exact design as before? Maybe we can open up to out-of-county contractors who can do it for half the price.

No road, No rail, No future
26 days ago

I think this will the only airport in the world where the parking lots get more budget than the terminals. So definitely Miami

Anonymous
28 days ago

Is the City or County in charge of this project?

Anonymous
28 days ago

It looks better than any parking podium by Arquitectonica.