Miami commissioners voted tonight to approve zoning modifications and a development agreement that will allow the Miami Worldcenter project to move forward.
Commissioners spent hours listening to public comment and debating the changes, which revised approvals granted to the developers project in 2008. The yes vote came only after last minute changes to language setting out hiring local requirements, along with clarifications to air rights and billboards within the Worldcenter area.
Several speakers at the meeting, including activist Brad Knoefler, mentioned exMiami’s report that the owners of Worldcenter intended to flip the land after gaining approval. Worldcenter managing director Nitin Motwani indirectly addressed the issue, saying that he was proud to be bringing in MDM Development, Taubman Centers and The Forbes Company to develop the project.
Individual pieces of the project, including MDM’s planned 1,800-room Marriott, will still need to gain separate approvals.