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.