Here’s What Remains To Be Done Before America’s Largest Mall Can Begin Construction In Miami

American Dream Miami is planned to become the biggest mall in America, and developer Triple Five continues working to bring the project to the construction phase.

The approval process has been in the works since at least early 2015. In May, perhaps the biggest hurdle was overcome when Miami-Dade’s commission voted in favor of modifying the county’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan, giving the developer the zoning changes required to build.

There still remains work to be done before the project can break ground, including:

  • Roads – Around $210 million worth of roads need to be built, an attorney for the developer told Miami-Dade’s commission in may. FDOT has agreed to pay for some of it, but the developer must fund the rest (around $60 million in impact fees are expected to be generated).
  • Environmental approval – A total of 32 different environmental and archaeological permits from local, state and federal regulators are needed, according to WLRN. The agencies include the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM), South Florida Water Management District, the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Administrative site plan and platting – A Miami-Dade official told Miami Today it would probably take around nine months for the county to approve the project’s site plan. A replat of the property must also be separately approved.

In total, the project will include 7.2 million square feet, and include an retail, restaurants, an indoor ski slope, a walk-through aquarium, a skating rink, an ice-climbing wall, live theater venues for Russian ballet and Chinese acrobats and 2,000 hotel rooms.

Completion is expected in 2022 or 2023, according to the development agreement approved in May. The entire project is expected to be built in a single phase.

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

$150 million in roads for a giant mall in the everglades but nothing for mass transit for millions of people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t worry.. buses will take you there.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yep, reading it. Proposed 30 minute headways, 10 bus bays. Enjoy!

Midside Martim
3 years ago

This monstrosity is ridiculous. Specifically in regard to Roads, I am particularly peeved about the “FDOT agreeing to pay for some of it.” How much is ‘some?!’

Anonymous
3 years ago

You have no money, no ideas, no business acumen, etc, etc, etc… nothing. Just complaints!

Midside Martim
3 years ago

Complaint? It’s a pertinent question. Have you driven a car in Miami during Rush Hour? And talking about money and ideas…what do you do for a living? Carpet Salesman? Go away now, Nitz..

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hey brain farts, this proposal if built, would be way out on 180th st. near the turnpike so what are you bitching about? I have been driving around Miami since 1975, that’s probably before you were dropping stink bombs in diapers son. People like you are the reason Miami is considered just blah and Miami Beach has always been the main attraction and besides being broke, you have no vision. Now shut up and stay in your usually boring lane.

Mid side idiot
3 years ago

Every MAJOR city has TRAFFIC.. moron

William
3 years ago

I read an interesting article that essentially said.. You propose it and zone for when the economy is strong.. Then you request tax subsidies and grants later on when the prospects for new jobs is in higher demand. Hopefully the tax subsidies for this monstrosity will stay at a minimum.

Anonymous
3 years ago

32 different environmental and archaeological permits, WOW

Anonymous
3 years ago

That demonstrates the many county departments that must get their palms greased first.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Incredible…
“”What we have today is not a capitalist society, but a mixed economy—that is, a mixture of freedom and controls, which, by the presently dominant trend, is moving toward dictatorship.” Ayn Rand – in a Playboy interview 1964.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Dictatorship cause you can’t build skyscrapers on every corner-get over yourself-Ayn Rand was a welfare recepient, blasted this Socialist America we live in

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s because environmentally speaking a lot is at stake.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That whole part of 75 is going to become a mess oh well

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thats Metlife stadium in New Jersey. This is not the rendering of American Dream Mall Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I can’ believe it is surrounded by surface parking lots – really ugly like a cheap 6 flags. They could at least build garages.

anonymous
3 years ago

Yep, they could have, but that costs money.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wondering what Gwen Graham has to say about how this abnormality will affect the Everglades. Or her father….

Anonymous
3 years ago

Daddy sold out a long time ago.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Who owns and is developing the large parcel of land south of this ?

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Something something something disgrace,” while American Dream slips her a check.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Something something something disgrace,” while American Dream slips her a check.

Anonymous
3 years ago

She actually refused to answer that question 3 times during a recent interview (with CBS 4 I believe).

Anonymous
3 years ago

The Meadowlands.

Anonymous
3 years ago

By the expected completion date brick and mortar retail will have shrunk by 50% and the economy will be in a recession.

anonymous
3 years ago

Strange how Ghermezian’s never mentions how Mel Simon rescued the Mall of America concept, got it built, leased it up, and ran it for its first 10 years.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Also, the fact it’s struggling now to fill space.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The Grham company is developing the site south of it and it will be much larger

Anonymous
3 years ago

She is a Democrat and I just came back from my last trip to the Moon. Hope Florida Democrats use their brains and she doesn’t win the primary.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Turd droppings

Anonymous
3 years ago

Do we really NEED a giant mall? This is all about MONEY!! That’s it, there’s no other reason why all of this “bleep” is building built. The developer is already wealthy, this is pure greed. This is NOT progress but greed. A good portion of the Everglades have already been drained. The impact on the environment will be horrific! I know so many Floridians that are against the drainage and building upon the Everglades. This doesn’t make me an environmental whacko, I’m just a resident that cares about where I live. Florida is turning into one big slab of concrete. Wildlife is continually struggling here in every way including getting hit by cars. Look it up, research it. This mall will lead to so much more. Look at Orlando. Disney has brought in so many other developers. Where do we seriously draw the line?? Next is Lake Okeechobee the largest lake in the state of Florida. Developers have already begun to build. Ridiculous!

Anonymous
2 years ago

what stores and restraunts and entertainment have you heard and seen pictures of in this mall

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amazing.. Miami just keeps getting better.

Anonymous
3 years ago

A better suburban paradise, with low wedge parttime jobs and no public transportation.

Anonymous
3 years ago

low “wedge” parttime jobs?”

Anonymous
3 years ago

My apologies for the typos and the spelling. Free Grammarly sucks

Anonymous
3 years ago

Go walk the site. The jobs that exist there TODAY are no jobs.
Jobs with ANY wage, provide dignity and training for jobs with high wages.

I worked in a Sears when I was 16 years old. I learned a lot, punched the clock on time, ran a cash register, was trusted and respected by superiors and co-workers, and was grateful for the opportunity. Each successive job led to better pay, bigger responsibility. Statist and progressives who talk about “low wage jobs” miss this most important point; People move up and down through the wage earning strata throughout their lives. Thankfully, that low wage job was available for me when I 16, otherwise, I may not have a top 1% wage paying job in my 50’s.

Anonymous
3 years ago

different era, build this mall and two years later everything will be automated