Hotel Developer Lionstone Meets With County To Discuss Project At PortMiami

Lionstone Development’s Diego Lowenstein met with county officials yesterday to discuss developing the southwest corner of PortMiami, records show.

Also at the meeting was BEA architects principal Bruno Elias-Ramos, along with several lawyers. All represented a company called Destination 305, LLC, which was formed in March of this year.

Lionstone holdings include the Ritz Carlton hotels in South Beach and Bal Harbor, Epic Hotel in Miami, and a Virgin Hotel in Chicago.

Dade commissioners voted on October 20 to seek bids to develop a portion of the port, but deed restrictions could prevent any new construction there. The county owns the land, but it was original deeded over from the state to the city of Miami and then later to the county with a reverter clause that restricts development.

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority has opposed development at the port, fearing that it would siphon of growth from downtown. Also likely opposed: Royal Caribbean which enjoys a below-market rate lease for their headquarters at the port, and led a campaign to stop David Beckham from building a soccer stadium there.

Since 2011, Port officials have commissioned at least three studies to determine the best use for the land. At the October commission meeting, the port chief told commissioners that they weren’t aware of restrictions on the deed when the studies were commissioned.

County administrators will now have 90 days to review legal options and prepare a solicitation.

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

So any space for future expansion to keep up with other ports around the world will be replaced by more hotels and malls? Lord these politicians are idiots.

Anonymous
5 years ago

One of the many reasons the industry moves more and more to China. Now China knows how to incentivize business.

Anonymous
5 years ago

^^^^^^This is the most correct comment here. How will our port ever keep up with the global economy by using our only land with a 50 foot deep channel that we just spent huge money on to put up new construction? That will only constrain the port. In the future ships will need that waterfront space to dock, load and offload. Private marinas can be placed elsewhere. There is still other land to be developed in Miami! The port needs to remain for port activity, shipping, import/export, cruising etc.

Anonymous
5 years ago

In Miami, development should be focused on areas with mass transit. To me, building a mini city on PortMiami seems like a mistake.

Marc305
5 years ago

Although I agree with you in part, I am hopeful if this project gets built it will help the construction of Baylink. The proposed extension of Metromover into South Beach.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The port where this is proposed, is a completely separate island than where the I-395 causeway is. The bay link has nothing to do with the port land.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Development needs to be concentrated in blighted areas of downtown and Brickell before being extended… there’s plenty of spaces near Metromover stations that are great development opportunities!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Good grief if you are now going to develop this property it would have been smarter to allow Beckham to build his soccer stadium there. Poor Beckham must be seething being stuck in Little Havana with no water view and no mass transit nearby.

MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Despite the strong and selfish opposition of certain entities. That site was perfect for a stadium, it had a bridge and tunnel connection for cars; pedestrian bridge and water taxi connection for pedestrians. Imagine the fans walking towards the stadium on a pedestrian bridge over Biscayne Bay right before a game while admiring the skyline, that would have been an unique experience…IMO.

Laz
5 years ago

You guys are joking right? stadiums dont need water views, F beckham im glad he is in now in little havana, the AAA should have never been buillt where its at today.

Anonymous
5 years ago

A ” Reverter Clause ” on the deed restricts development there. Let’s see how these weasels get around that. The clause means that the property reverts back to the City of Miami if developers propose construction there.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The architecture is mediocre at best, whole project itself is very flawed and will cause an oversupply of office space, and we’re getting a “World Trade Center” along the Biscayne Wall which is better than any of the buildings in this monstrosity.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Even though project renderings are very beautiful, I believe port land should only be used for expansion of the port itself, cruise lines, etc. We have the largest port and should cater to it’s needs. It is one of our largest tourist attractions.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Really hope this WTC gets built! We need more jobs in Miami, especially office

Chicken Kitchen
5 years ago

We get that renderings are renderings and are a far cry from what the finished project looks like, but this design is refreshing. It is more similar to something in New York than something in Miami, finally.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This will never happen its to nice! I’ve noticed any proposal that looks to good to be true in Miami usually is

Anonymous
5 years ago

Yeah, remember how amazing MWC looked?

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Before you speak too loudly remember it hasn’t actually happened yet..

Anonymous
5 years ago

Would love to see more family oriented entertainment – A theme park, perhaps? Someone send that RFP to Disney

Anonymous
5 years ago

Half the comments here come with little understanding of proposals and projects going on in and around our city. Did you know the largest mall in the world is currently being planned right here in south Florida, complete with indoor skiing? And we already have multiple large shopping venues currently under construction, as well as many shopping venues with panned additions/rehabs including Val Barbour shops, sunset place Cocowalk, dolphin mall and aventura mall. Do you still think we should put “family oriented entertainment” on our only zoned port property?