MDM Now Says Construction Of 1,800 Room Marriott Expo Center To Begin By The End Of This Year

Construction on the 1,800-room Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel & Expo Center has been pushed back again.

At a press briefing last week, MDM Development representatives said that they expect to break ground ‘by the end of the year’, according to Miami Today. Last July, and again in October, the developer had said that they hoped to break ground by the end of 2014.

MDM still claims that they will open the $750 million hotel and expo center in 2018.

As part of the project, about 400,000 square feet of meeting space is planned, including the largest ballroom in the Miami area. A 1,500-seat theater is also planned.

The reports didn’t mention any discussion of CRA tax rebate at the press briefing. MDM had said in March that the project size could be cut in half without an incentive deal.

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Anonymous
6 years ago

Light rail in the rendering? Have I missed something?

marc
6 years ago

No light rail but that is where the FEC tracks go to and from the port.

Martim
6 years ago

Does anyone know if there has there been discussion regarding allowing light rail to use FEC tracks as a crossover or for a portion of its total track?

Anonymous
6 years ago

This Hotel and Expo Center is going up on the spot where the Miami Arena was and remember, there is a metrorail station there.

Yuri-andres
6 years ago

I see a lot of tall blank walls, they should activate the street front on all sides of the hotel to encourage walk-ability.

marc
6 years ago

To be fair all of the blank walls face the Port of Miami FEC freight tracks which I presume they wouldn’t exactly want foot traffic. The eastern, northern, and a portion of the western side that are not adjacent to freight tracks do have activity.

dgm
6 years ago

One of those blank walls faves directly into the proposed entrance of the AAF station. Imagine a tourist taking the train into Miami, steps out the main train station, and is greeted by an 11 story concrete slab. From there they can cross the train tracks onto a 4 foot wide sidewalk that they can tightrope walk over to the AAA.

marc
6 years ago

There’s a pedestrian bridge that goes right in to the hotel lobby, so no tightrope skills needed for the AAF or for that matter anyone coming from that area.

Kramer
6 years ago

The light rail shown is Baylink on the return trip from Miami Beach where it will meet and connect with Allaboard Florida at N.W. 2 nd Strret. Baylink wiil start at 2nd Street down to Biscane Blvd, turn left on Biscane past Bayside Market, AAA, Museum Park to the beach. The return train will return somewhere near N.E. Eleventh Str then left on N.MiaiMi Av in front of the new Marriott before curving to the start at 2nd street and N.W. 1 st Av.