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:
Arquitectonia is the architect.