Finally, Some (Legislative) Activity On The Giant Marriott Convention Hotel At Miami Worldcenter

There is some activity this week on the development of the the giant Marriott Marquis Hotel & Expo Center at Miami Worldcenter.

The convention hotel is set to be developed on the site of the former Miami Arena, which has caused confusion by city planners during the approval process.

Miami commissioners are set to vote this week on legislation sponsored by Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo that could clear the way for approval.

According to the legislation, there were two separate Development of Regional Impact zones created for the area – one for the Miami Arena in 1987, and another for a larger area known as the Southeast Overtown/Park West Development of Regional Impact in 1988.

With the demolition of the arena in 2008, it wasn’t clear if the property would now need to meet the rules created by the Southeast Overtown/Park West DRI, or simply follow city zoning code.

If commissioners approve the legislation, the Marriott would be permitted to be developed pursuant to the Miami 21 zoning code.

The commission vote is scheduled for June 10.

Just before the pandemic last year, developer MDM said that they were close to finalizing a financing deal to develop the project, and hoped to break ground in 2020.

The Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center would include 1,723 rooms and 500,000 square feet of convention space – bigger than any other hotel in the Miami area.

There are no construction permits pending for the property as of today, city records show.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

This will definitely be approved. Too big of a deal to leave it behind. I just hope they build it fast!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Lets hope they redesign…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yes
The exterior looks like a prison, not a hotel

Anonymous
3 months ago

Prison, no. That’s the new courthouse and Melo’s Downtown Fifth projects.

Boring, mediocre cereal box, yes.

Anonymous
3 months ago

AGREE!!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

“The commission vote is scheduled for January 10.” Huh?

Anonymous
3 months ago

i think its june 10

Anonymous
3 months ago

Saw that too.

Anonymous
3 months ago

So another case where it wasn’t the developer, but rather byzantine government ?

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tale as old as time.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Song as old as rhyme! Beauty and the Beast (Crazy Joe Carollo)

Anonymous
3 months ago

Beauty (not the current rendition of the hotel and convention center).

Anonymous
3 months ago

And while we’re still waiting for something to happen (and there’s no telling how long that’ll be), please redesign this proposal because that’s an awful looking rendering you’ve shown us so far.

Anonymous
3 months ago

oh oh…i sense 25 years of studies!!!!…lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

Heck, it’s been at least about 25 years since the old Miami Arena was torn down.

POLO
3 months ago

Great, the Marriot will become a reality by the year 2030!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Just in time to see Mana start on something.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Get over Mana please.
He’s a shrewd business man and he’s not planning anything but sit on his property till it’s time for him to make lots of money.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s the whole point…

Anonymous
3 months ago

Can’t want to have Supercon here

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s what I’m talking about.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Miami commissioners are set to vote this week on legislation sponsored by Mayor Francis Suarez and Commissioner Joe Carollo that could clear the way for approval. **** Translation : These graverobbing, scumbag politicians (Primarily Psycho Joe) have come up with an appropriate size bag for the $$$$$ they’ll be extorting from the project.

Afi K. James
3 months ago

and I Hope this is the time, miami here i come.

Anonymous
3 months ago

That’s what she said.

William
3 months ago

Would love to see betting odds on this project actually happening.

Anonymous
3 months ago

500,000 sq ft of convention space ? Seems like alot in todays world.

Anonymous
3 months ago

500,000 sq ft is about the same as in Gentings Destination Resort plan.

That’s why the lobbyists for World Center engaged the useful idiots in a. “Anti-Casino” campaign to prevent competition from a competitor on the waterfront.

As a percentage, the Genting gaming floor space is tiny in the overall project. But if Genting succeeded with 1/2 Million sq ft in waterfront exhibition space. 1/2 million sq ft in retail. 1/4 Million Sqft Ballroom, a marina, and 4,500 hotel rooms, the World Center convention with the Overyown frontage would have been doomed.

Afi K. James
3 months ago

Not really, imagine the largest world center conventions ever.

Anonymous
3 months ago

This is one on my radar that Miami really needs

Anonymous
3 months ago

Wow! Park West is going to be one of the hottest neighborhood in Miami’s urban core! Winning

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yay!

Anonymous
3 months ago

January 10???

Anonymous
3 months ago

January?

Anonymous
3 months ago

This desperately needs a redesign. It already looks dated.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Hopefully by 2025 they will bury the first shovel

Anonymous
3 months ago

Why wait to January!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

I think it’s a typo *June

Anonymous
3 months ago

In about 3 years there will be fire-sale deals in Miami that will make 07 look rich …. keep building, keep building, at least start then so they have to be finished…