Here’s The Conceptual Plan For David Beckham’s Freedom Park Submitted To The City Of Miami

Inter Miami submitted an application to the city of Miami earlier this year for a Special Area Plan to rebuild the Melreese golf course into a massive mixed-use development next to Miami International Airport.

The club is controlled by David Beckham and Jorge Mas.

Plans were submitted in June of this year,

A lease for the land still needs to be agreed with the city. The proposal is also opposed by the Miami Dade Aviation Department which says it is concerned that it will negatively impact operations at nearby Miami International Airport, according to the Herald.

The lease must also address environmental remediation of the contaminated land, as well as replacing the park land lost to the development as required by city law.

According to the proposal submitted, Freedom Park will include:

  • A stadium with 25,000 seats
  • 400,000 square feet of office
  • 750 hotel keys
  • 600,000 square feet of commercial/retail
  • Pedestrian bridge to Miami Intermodal Center
  • 5,400 parking spaces

Arquitectonia is the architect.

 

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Anonymous
7 months ago

Personally, I would have preferred the Overtown location for the Stadium. If the city does go ahead with Melreese, the lease should be negotiated with some foresight in mind. This city has a tragic history of signing away land for seemingly sweetheart deals only to be let down when reality hits (i.e Watson Island). This proposal looks decent, but I see it for what it is, a land play with office and retail. They still own the Overtown land, it will be interesting to see what they do with it (hopefully it does not become a park as that will not do anything for Overtown as there is already the 3.5 acre, Henry Reeves Park, a couple of block to the north).

Anonymous
7 months ago

I think I remember reading somewhere that it might become affordable housing. No source but that would be good use of the land

Anonymous
7 months ago

I mean almost that entire area is already owned by Miami-Dade Housing Authority. I think something bigger that will catalyze growth in the area will be better long-term. Should some affordable housing be included? Sure, but if the area is to move past its struggles it needs something other than subsidized housing IMO.

Bobby
7 months ago

I don’t know about this. It’s definitely a real estate play for the team’s ownership, but what is the sense of delivering 1MM SF of office/retail space in a Class B location?

What’s going to happen is that they are going to sell off parts of this to third-party developers and make a killing. Honestly, if I were them, I would do the same, but I don’t believe the City of Miami should allow it.

Just take a look at parcel B behind AA. The Miami Heat were supposed to build a waterfront park to compliment the waterfront arena in a deal executed by the county and Heat in 1996 and almost 25 years later we have nothing there. What may happen again is that the city will have no way to hold them accountable if they do not take the action that they promise when the deal was put together.

Conflicted about this. Part of me Would prefer they build in Overtown. The other part sees the $125 greens fees that Melreese charges and I therefore do not see a widespread public benefit of keeping Melreese intact.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Banana republic Miami

Mr. Miami
3 months ago

Corn field grower Illinois

Anonymous
7 months ago

The location isnt great but it is right next to Miami airport, close to 836 and 112, plus with the bridge crossing from the metro rail exit i could see this eventually turning into a nice hub for people to work. To make it something good they would need to add more apartments near where the metrorail is so it could be a connected space

Bobby
7 months ago

Yeah. The adjacency to the metrorail is pretty significant.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The triple A arena has parks on both sides of it, so building another park in back of it is useless and pointless.

Anonymous
7 months ago

The AAA was built by paving over part of one of those parks. On a contingency that they would develop that back space as an open public connection to the bay. Since then, the developers have just shrugged and yawned while the county lies there and lets it happen.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I don’t blame the owners of the AAA area, I wouldn’t build a very little used park either. The citizens of Miami need something worth going to.

Corruption
6 months ago

Yup. It is just a scam for billionaires to get 120 acres of a public park cheap. They will cover all the grass and trees in concrete.

Azarius
7 months ago

Design is ok. Just build it already!

Azarius
7 months ago

From the looks it going to connect to the tri rail station

Anonymous
7 months ago

If you want it so bad why don’t you build it yourself !

Anonymous
7 months ago

Beautiful
Just clear loopholes and get moving.
This project, like many good ones that will benefit the city take decades to get built.
So counter productive…

Anonymous
7 months ago

Nice balance of development mix and open space – git er done!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

They’re going to tear up Melreese and not end up building anything.

Anonymous
7 months ago

These conceptual designs look glorious, this needs to be approved and built ASAP as soon as this gets the bells and whistles!
As a local soccer fan, this will be an amazing stadium and it also be beneficial for the city and the community in the long run. Let’s go INTER MIAMI!!

POLO
7 months ago

Why they call it Freedom Park, freedom from what?

Anonymous
7 months ago

The money in your wallet….

Anonymous
7 months ago

Enough with talking, start walking. Build it!

Anonymous
7 months ago

The airport is loud as hell!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Then why did they allow hotels to be built right next to it?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Only if they pay for the metro rail extension down Douglas

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes! With a stop on Miracle Mile and I’ll be sold

Anonymous
7 months ago

Good plan. Approve it.

Anonymous
7 months ago

looks fantastic, love it.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Great design…but this stadium location/deal has taken so long it’s honestly surprising they didn’t go to another city with all the delays and denials of locations, meanwhile in less time Columbus crew will have a new downtown stadium thats been designed approved and mostly built, come on Miami surely you can do that, hoping this isn’t delayed more

Anonymous
7 months ago

I mean the majority owners are the Mas brothers, obviously they wouldn’t take the team anywhere else

Anonymous
7 months ago

Wrong place look at over town location not here

Anonymous
7 months ago

This needs to be accepted asap

Shawn Kouri
7 months ago

So when is it going to be built? When are they breaking ground?

Shawn Kouri
7 months ago

Also, why did they need to replace Park land for area residence. Look at the project. Look at these renderings. Why would they say that it would impact negatively on green space? Look at the renderings. There’s lots of green space as it is. There’s more than plenty of green space for families with children, and it looks like there’s walking and cycling trails

Anonymous
7 months ago

Miami has a zero park land loss ordinance. If a deal is struck to modify existing park land for development, additional land must be purchased elsewhere in the city to account for the loss.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Uh, just drive west of the airport and you’ll soon hit the Everglades.. and once there, you’ll see and have all the green space you can possibly want.

Anonymous
7 months ago

That’s not in the city…

Anonymous
7 months ago

That’s the problem with people like you, you have 2,500 square miles of green space to go but you whine if it’s not right outside your front door or you can’t get to it in two or three minutes.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Just wow. “That’s the problem with people like you” is never the right way to start a sentence, fyi. The whole ocean’s out there, too. Maybe you don’t need a toilet or a shower in your house.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Awwww… another “feelings” cop. Your “ocean” comparison is as senseless as somebody sleeping in a tent outside of their perfectly good house every night.

Do me a favor.. go back to sleep.

Bobby
7 months ago

Shawn – gotta say I’m getting awfully sick at reading your comments.

La Mala
7 months ago

How is that so close to the airport even possible? I can tell not one of you passed by Le Jeune in the last 10 years…

Anonymous
7 months ago

“I can tell not one of you passed by Le Jeune in the last 10 years…”

I would go around the country playing lotto if I were you.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Because the voters are stupid and didn’t think about the impact to airport traffic. All they saw was Bekcham and soccer and punched that yes vote hard.

Anonymous
7 months ago

So being right next to a MetroRail stop doesn’t mean anything?

Suomynona
7 months ago

The Overtown location is right by 2 metro rail stations.

Anonymous
7 months ago

They should add a Top Golf as a replacement for the golfers 🏌️‍♀️

Anonymous
7 months ago

Topgolf is not for real golfers except maybe for their locations with top tracer technology. A lot cheaper to hit a bucket of balls at any range and not have to deal with the silly games and loud drunks who’ve never swung a club.

Anonymous
7 months ago

I tell ya, this is an ideal spot for ULTRA.

Now, on with the thumb down votes.

Anonymous
7 months ago

JUST DO IT!!!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Isn’t that a Nike slogan?

Anonymous
7 months ago

Anyone knows why just 25k seat?

J.M.
7 months ago

The city would be stupid to let this plan get away. Inter Miami and Becks have already done so much to bring good publicity to Miami even with their first season played under quarantine. This is a beautiful stadium.

Anonymous
7 months ago

“Arquitectonia is the architect.”

Well that explains the architectural downgrade. At least it’s a “conceptual plan” so hopefully each piece will be designed by somebody else than them, Kobi Karp, Stantec, etc.

Anonymous
7 months ago

He stole the land. It’s practically given away free to him.

Anonymous
7 months ago

This is still a thing?

Anonymous
7 months ago

I hate soccer I call it kickball waste of taxpayers money find another location

J.M.
7 months ago

You must be fun at World Cup time…

Suomynona
7 months ago

They already have a new stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Just keep using that.

Screw the Mas’ real estate play.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes soccer stadium!

Anonymous
7 months ago

Looks Amazing

Anonymous
7 months ago

Initially, i did not like the idea, however now i am just so tired of talking about it that they should build and get it over with. I like how you could take the metro from downtown. Side note: Would this limit airport growth in the future?

Anonymous
7 months ago

The more I look at the pictures, the more I can’t help but think that this is an excellent spot for ULTRA.