General Growth, Simon Property Group Join Opposition To American Dream Mall

Florida Cabinet members and Governor Rick Scott approved a plan to transfer state land to Triple Five yesterday, but the developer’s plan now faces new opposition.

A representative of General Growth, which owns Bayside Marketplace and Pembroke Lakes Mall, spoke in opposition to the transfer at yesterday’s hearing, according the the Herald. The owners of Aventura Mall and Sawgrass Mills, Turnberry Associates and Simon property Group, also oppose the mall, as previously reported.

Turnberry’s Jackie Soffer told the paper that while she doesn’t see the new mall as competition since Aventura is ‘much more high end,’ she ‘doesn’t believe in the way the government is handling this.’ Lobbyists representing Turnberry were at the hearing yesterday, and Turnberry is one of the largest donors to Dade’s commissioners and mayor.

The developer still must gain other approvals, including zoning changes needed from local officials.

 

 

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Marc305
6 years ago

I am all for this project but I have said it before and I will say it again. If Turnberry can grease the Miami politicians just enough, this project will never happen.

Obviously
6 years ago

I’ll see your grease, and up my grease….

Danny
6 years ago

Takes you all but five minutes to compare the pros and cons on a 4 billion dollar project.

Fyi: The commissioners who approved the American Dream Mall also approved Leonard Abess’s Orion Jet Center and will now approve Turnberry’s Fontainebleau Aviation project at Opa Locka air port. Let’s not forget both these guys are good friends. They are one-upping each other. You can’t have one and not me.

You may be wrong papa. The politicians are the ones demanding grease to play in their playground not the other way around.

Anonymous
6 years ago

In all honesty outside of a 100-200 low paying jobs why is everyone so in favor of this mall in the middle of nowhere again?

Danny
6 years ago

Shiny lights.

Obviously
6 years ago

Well, if it’s in the middle of nowhere, what do these other Malls have to lose?

I want to see if they actually pull-off skiing in snow inside, in South Florida.

Danny
6 years ago

It’s kind of not nowhere. They are building a ton around Hialeah Gardens, Miramar, North of Miami Lakes, and plus Doral is undergoing large development. I-75 & 826 expressways are under construction once more after just going thru a road expansion project. This is due to the overwhelming congestion. That is just one point.

Marc305
6 years ago

Just for the chance of going indoor skiing, I hope they make this happen.

Obviously
6 years ago

And I think the submarine would be a real big hit with the kids.

Alex
6 years ago

Why wouldn’t they pull this off – they have them in Dubai…why no here?

Flymia`
6 years ago

100-200? Come on now, lets not speak crazy. It would likely add 200-300 pretty well paying manager jobs, and 7,000-10,000 low hourly jobs. Its not really about the jobs anyway, its about the tax dollars.