Controversial Deal To Build Miami Freedom Park Expected To Be Finalized By The End Of June

City of Miami officials are now in the final stages of negotiating a deal to build Miami Freedom Park. A commission vote is expected shortly.

Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas told the Herald that lawyers have put in hundreds of hours over the past two weeks negotiating the deal.

Mas said that he is confident the club would have a deal ready for city commissioners to vote on by the end of June.

City Manager Art Noriega also confirmed that a deal was close.

Noriega said he would brief commissioners on the deal by the end of this month, and place it on a commission agenda for a vote shortly thereafter.

The deal has been championed by Mayor Francis Suarez, who is pushing the City of Miami to move forward despite opposition by various groups.

Miami Dade’s Aviation Department is opposed to the plan. The project is both a safety hazard for planes and will cause traffic problems at Miami International Airport, the agency says.

Related Group’s Jorge Perez is opposed to the deal, calling it a giveaway of valuable land that will cost the public while allowing club’s wealthy owners to profit.

Other local activists are also opposed to the plan, saying it will pave over one of the few remaining green spaces in the area.

The site will also require a hefty cleanup bill due to soil contamination.

According to a Special Area Plan submitted last June, Freedom Park will include:

  • A stadium with 25,000 seats
  • 400,000 square feet of office
  • 750 hotel keys
  • 600,000 square feet of commercial/retail
  • Pedestrian bridge to Miami Intermodal Center
  • 5,400 parking spaces

Arquitectonia is the architect.

 


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Anonymous
1 month ago

This project is the wrong one. Beckham already owns the Overtown parcels, which are a much better location for a stadium!

Melreese is all about Jorge Mas getting his office park and mall. It isn’t about a stadium, and it isn’t about parks for children.

When this is labeled Marlins Park disaster #2 in a few years, don’t blame those of us who were against this dumb proposal

Anonymous
1 month ago

taxpayers paid for marlins park, this stadium will be paid by david beckham and jorge mas, so it’s not the same type of deal

Anonymous
1 month ago

The proposed land lease is still a huge issue and doesn’t benefit the taxpayers at all

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t say “at all”. Of course it benefits the taxpayers. Now, taxpayers are subisdizing the facility because the golf course is not profitable. The maintenance cost savings alone is a good reason to take the deal.

The controversy is not whether taxpayers will benefit, it is that some believe that the taxpayers should benefit MORE.

Remember when Jorge Perez got all hissy because he just knew the Aston Martin couldn’t possible background and succeed because only the anointed King of Condos knows anything?

Perez is a great developer, and a real Miami treasure, but he is not always correct.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“a real Miami treasure?”

Maybe a real treasure to his family, but don’t forget, this country gave him the opportunity.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The only ones losing out is the city of Miami and its residents who will never see the stadium built. Most players are already established and settled north of our county border and practicing in Ft Lauderdale who is the only winner here.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Tirando peo

Anonymous
1 month ago

How many years until they are asking to rebuild this in a location people will actually attend?

Anonymous
1 month ago

in 2035

Anonymous
1 month ago

If they extend the Metromover there many will attend

Anonymous
1 month ago

The metro rail already goes there

Anonymous
1 month ago

I live in Westchester with my mom and don’t like Metrorail because it cost money.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Extend Metromover then

Anonymous
1 month ago

This. Overtown is 110% better location. Imagine a supporters pregame at the Wharf and then marching up the river to the stadium! Way better than people having to drive to the airport

Anonymous
1 month ago

Regardless of where you put it people will have to drive no matter what. If youre living near a metromover stop at least you can eventually get their via the metrorail but frankly overtown was 100% the better option. Once Mas got involved it become purely a real estate development deal

Anonymous
1 month ago

People can just take the metro rail to Melreese though, I think it’s a pretty good location

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Pretty good?” It makes so much sense that it fries the minds of these elected officials.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I believe you’re thinking about C-H-E-T-T-O-S again.

Anonymous
1 month ago

i dont think attendance will be a problem at this location They are currently playing near Pompano and attendance hasnt been an issue there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Fine, build the stadium. BUT the city should receive benefit from all the profit to be received from all of the commercial property being built on Public Land. We need more than some park space and the remediation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Agree. I have been born and raised in District 1. Over a dozen family members do and are property owners. We have many parks in District 1 that can use a few projects that better serve our community. They are communities’ park accessible to all, not just a piece of green land that no one can use. This is not Amelia or Tropical park. This has been a sacred ground for the few that golf that like in Brickell and Coral Gables surrounded by working-class neighborhoods that need investment, safe spaces, and a family-friendly environment.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“I have been born” or do you mean “I was born?”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Don’t even try. The grammar on these posts is horrendimus.

Anonymous
1 month ago

lol…

POLO
1 month ago

The biggest economy engine in Miami is the airport. PLEASE DON’T MESS WITH IT!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Um, nobody is messing with the Airport. A hugeass spot to play golf which barely anybody in this city spends time doing is just, and has been for a long time, a waste of money and I’m tired of some of my tax money paying for this POS!

Build the stadium and place ULTRA there.

Anonymous
1 month ago

its still going to cause traffic in the area.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Have you even been to Melreese? I would say it’s not a place that “barely anyone uses”. Course and range are always close to full

Anonymous
1 month ago

So you’re there every weekend?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Multiple times a week for the range, once a weekend to play. Most conviene course from Brickell.

Golf isn’t dead. I’ve played for years, and so many other young ppl took it up during COVID when it was one of the few things you could do

Anonymous
1 month ago

If Melreese was so busy like you’re saying, then this deal wouldn’t even be discussed.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I have. They move about 8 Foursomes per hour for about 10 hours.

On a 131 acre piece of land….320 people are provided plenty of social distance even if they were all their at precisely the same time.

Azarius
1 month ago

Leave Ultra alone

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, it is but does Airport and the County provide any benefits to the Community’s surrounding it? Melrose, Brownsville, and Grapeland Heights? We get nothing for the constant air traffic, and environmental hazards of living next to the airport? Boo, those from Kendall, Doral and Miami Beach don’t want a few extra minutes of traffic getting on their flights meanwhile their kids have access to all types of youth programs, amenities of living in a city like family friendly restaurants and safe spaces to go for entertainment. Our communities are ghost towns after 5pm with hardly any family-friendly activities, high crime, and illegal dumping. My neighbors dont play golf– they play soccer. Additionally, this is not a public area. NO ONE IS ALLOWED to use it but the Brickell and Coral Gables folks.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Half of that site is already a park for children of the city of miami, as it should be.

Just wait, Mas will take your park and the golf course and turn most of into a mall, with some futbol pitches that you’ll need to sign an expensive lease for. Academies will be training there, not the local kids.

How can you not see that this is a greedy money play that will leave you worse off in the long run? Just ask the people near Marlins Park

Anonymous
1 month ago

Wrong. Grapeland Water Park requires entrance $, 4 small basball fields and that it… All the rest belongs to the Golf Country Club. No public access.

Anonymous
1 month ago

And this will be no different, probably worse

Anonymous
1 month ago

Grapeland entrance fees will feel like nothing when Mas and Co charge $300+/hour to rent their turf fields (which will be literally saunas during the summer b/c recycled tire turf, rather than a water park for the majority of local kids to cool off in)

Anonymous
1 month ago

Then, move! The airpot was there long before you moved in. The airport is NOT going anywhere!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ha! My grandparents have lived in the area since 1925.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Traffic to and from the airport will be insane!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It is insane every day no matter what. Those living next to the airport get no benefits no matter what. This will not only help investment in the area. But will bring more resources to the area from police to more investment on le Jeune, 36th Street and 27th avenue. I take it you never miss your exit and head into Allapattah or Brownsville.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Leave one hour earlier. It’s called living in a city. Move

Anonymous
1 month ago

Your statement makes no sense

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t understand all the people complaining about paving over green space. They do realize the city will have more parkland after this is completed right? A golf course isn’t a park you can’t go and picnic or anything there, atleast with this there’ll be a park and bunch of soccer fields

Anonymous
1 month ago

And I’m sure you and your family are dying to go picnic at this “new park” which is directly next door to the arrival/departure point of two of the most major flight paths at MIA…

J.M.
1 month ago

I would hang around this park for sure, why not? Stop with the hyperbole you drama queen.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Watch them try to pass this through the city commission without any public comments except for supporters.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Besides the new stadium and practice soccer fields.. a new 58 acre public park… say no more and do it

Anonymous
1 month ago

>Build it in Overtown instead.
>REEEEE, gentrification!

Anonymous
1 month ago

No.. build it in your neighborhood.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Should have been built at their first choice: next to Marlins Stadium but one landowner put the kibosh on the land assembly by asking for too much (whatever that was). Parking garages were already there that could have been shared. Plus, it would have helped bring a summer Olympic games to the city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In the eyes of an Olympic committee, I doubt they really care if the stadium is next to another stadium or 20 minutes away. Obviously closer would be ideal, but it’s not going to be a dealbreaker.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice!

Anonymous
1 month ago

It was supposed to be about a stadium. It’s morphed into a real estate deal. Typical Miami. Public giveaway.

Anonymous
1 month ago

I really hope this goes through!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Build it by Tropical Park .. more people will go.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Start soil clean up already and build a cover cross way from the metrotail station since it will be used by construction workers and future fans.

Anonymous
1 month ago

TNM normally gives matter of fact headlines. Why do they use “controversial” here? Bias?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Jorge Mas paying them off

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why would Jorge mass pay TNM to describe this as controversial lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

Because it is controversial. They’re not making that up.

Anonymous
1 month ago

and nothing else is?

Anonymous
1 month ago

build the stadium, there will plenty green space, it will attract more people than the golf course, traffic is a problem all over miami dade and who the hell is Jorge Perez to talk about wealthy owners?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Look, I don’t like it when somebody is making money off of things I’m not.. like this deal with the Melreese golf course and Casinos.

– Jorge Perez

Anonymous
1 month ago

See who’s in favor and who’s against and you will have an idea how long this is going to last to never be materialized 🤪

Anonymous
1 month ago

Crooks. This project wont do shit for the community. Pure business deal.

Build it!!!
1 month ago

When Leo Messi and Ronaldo starts playing in 2023 for the team.. I can assure you that those in opposition would be there front row smiling..this is a place to take our children and have a place in the heart of Miami.. who else is investing and bringing this much excitement… NOBODY! Give them the damn land..

it’s Golf vs fútbol, mall shopping tech hub and hotels.. not too forget employment..

What is that golf course generating?? Just 3 cats playing on weekends.. it’s. Win win

Anonymous
1 month ago

Great project which will provide a needed environmental clean-up. What’s controversial?

Anonymous
1 month ago

From what this report shows, we won’t be having a stadium anytime soon. I’ve given up on this one.
Apparently, too many forces against it. What a shame. It would have been a nice project on a wasted piece of land that nobody uses at this time.

Anonymous
1 month ago

People in this city are a trip! When we hear they wanna do something with a piece of land that’s been sitting there vacant and empty for decades, and we hear people whining and boo hoo-ing about it. WAKE UP PEOPLE.. it’s time to do something about shit that ain’t working or benefiting anybody but a very, very few!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Welcome to Kansas.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Good!!!@

Shawn Kouri
1 month ago

Well, let’s see.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Noriega said he would brief commissioners on the deal by the end of this month, and place it on a commission agenda for a vote shortly thereafter. *** Translation : Art Noriega will show the commissioners a film strip (like in elementary school) where he’ll gloss over the HUGE points, but make sure to point out how much graft $$$$$$ each commissioner will get if they vote for this latest scam to come down the pike since Marlins Stadium.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere.. most articles are coastal.

Anonymous
1 month ago

747’s over the stadium are going to be sweet

Anonymous
1 month ago

I don’t understand the beef then because it’ll match the rest of the city.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Lol…

Anonymous
1 month ago

FCC complaining about traffic??? Give me a break. Le jeune rd is a mess already. Soccer games are just once a week and that’s if they play at home. THE MOST CORRUPTED COUNTY IN USA!!!!

Brooklyn
1 month ago

Honestly I think overtown is a better location. But can we please stop referring to this as ‘green space’? It’s a public golf course that costs $100+ to play on…far from what is colloquially known as green space

Anonymous
1 month ago

Forces at Work. $$$

Anonymous
1 month ago

Horrible location. It’s too close to MIA . It’ll be quite noisy with planes flying overhead. You can’t have concerts with that. Not to mention the car traffic. Inter Miami should talk with FIU and play there.