Fontainebleau Resort In Miami Beach Proposes Big Expansion, Connected By Bridge

The Fontainebleau Resort is already the biggest hotel in Miami with 1,504 rooms, and now a major expansion is being proposed.

The expansion would not add any hotel rooms, but instead would add ballrooms and a parking garage.

The new facility would be built on a surface parking lot at 4360 Collins Avenue, south of the resort. The property is already owned by the Fontainebleau. A similar proposal for the same site was cancelled last decade due to the recession.

A bridge from the existing resort is also being proposed above A1A, to accommodate both cars and pedestrians.

The proposed bridge would remove cars from the roadway, the Fontainebleau says.

Around 500 parking spots would be built in the new garage. The ballrooms would be able to be used as event or convention space, and the resort says the new space will help it to be more competitive with similar sized hotels in the market.

Miami Beach’s commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal at a meeting on September 11, and it could then be referred to the city’s Land Use and Development Committee.

A report earlier this year said that siblings Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer have split their assets, with the Fontainebleau now said to be solely owned by Jeffrey (Jackie was previously a co-owner). An 800-room Miami Beach convention center hotel is now being co-developed by Jackie and will compete with the Fontainebleau. The Herald wrote that there were “tensions between the siblings’ camps” over the convention center hotel bid.

 

 

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Anonymous

That hotel exterior and lobby need a refresh. It looks dated and boring.

Anonymous

Why can’t we see the plans or a render?

Anonymous

First they need to have their chosen commissioner (Ariola) do some spot zoning. If that passes they’ll spend the $$$ for the plans.

Anonymous

Because they don’t want the trolls here to start criticizing?

Anonymous

I’d love to see what this ‘bridge’ concept looks like. Have you looked at the aerial maps ? LMAO

Anonymous

maybe it will be more of a “slide” concept?

Anonymous

It probably jumps to the median in the road then north, then back over to their property, no way that Eden Roc would let them build a bridge right in front of their front door.

Anonymous

Eden Roc is north, this construction will be to the south.

Anonymous

I think this is the wrong direction. De-pedestrianizing streets is the wrong direction for Miami Beach.

Anonymous

…says somebody who has probably never walked down this stretch of Collins Avenue as it is now and lived.

Anonymous

Can the City of Miami Beach also let them add hotel rooms?

More people = more in sales taxes.

Anonymous

1504 rooms seems a bit skimpy.. you’re right ! :/

Anonymous

Just don’t hire FIU engineers.

Anonymous

Pass it.

Anonymous

Bar Bleu is the best bar in Miami in terms of people watching. My goodnesssss.

Any public hearing allowed?

Closing the surface parking lot screws the Soho Beach House and all the neighbors who use that surface parking lot. 2 to 3 years for construction? What a mess.

A bridge?

A bridge? A bridge might cost $30 Million. Remember what happened at FIU and its pedestrian bridge? Jeff Soffer wants a bridge to support SUV’s, trucks, Rolls Royce’s? People were killed at FIU. Munilla Construction, right? A bridge? Really?

Anonymous

The Crappiest Hotel in Miami Beach

Anonymous

why ?

Venetian

Put a casino in it.
Miami needs a casino to be world class.

Anonymous

Get the Genting boys on the line, Stat !!

Go Miami go!

Build Resorts World Miami!

Anonymous

fontainebleau sucks

Anonymous

Why?

Too massive

Too big. Too many tacky tourists.