A developer is proposing a public-private partnership with the city of Miami Beach to build Zaha Hadid’s Collins Park parking garage, but city commissioners have asked for other proposals which could see the design scrapped altogether.
In a letter sent to the city, developer Seth Gadinsky and Glenn Boyer wrote that they would be able to partially finance and build the garage as designed by Hadid, provided that the city turn over the property to them as a ground lease. They said that they could break ground in 2016 and complete construction in 2018, when they would operate the garage privately.
At a meeting yesterday, city commissioners said that they preferred the garage remain public, with lower parking costs to the public. Instead of accepting the unsolicited proposal, they instructed the city manager to prepare an RFP for private developers to build a garage for the city on the site. Those proposals will likely include designs that are far less costly to build than the Zaha Hadid design.