Miami Board Delays Worldcenter Convention Hotel

MDM’s proposed 1,800-room convention center hotel at Miami Worldcenter will be delayed at least three months after the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board deferred a decision yesterday on zoning changes needed for the project.

Opponents that spoke at the meeting included Paul Savage, a lawyer who represents Aramis Lorie, Mark Lesniak and Brad Knoefler, operators of Grand Central Lounge and Grand Central Park. Savage has filed a separate appeal challenging the board’s April decision to close streets for the mall at Worldcenter, which is to be built by another developer. Savage is also representing his clients in multiple lawsuits that have been filed by and against Worldcenter.

Miami planning director Francisco Garcia told the board that his department had worked diligently on the Worldcenter Expo Center zoning code, and didn’t see what could be gained by deferring approval. Nevertheless, the board voted 4-3 to defer a decision until September.

 

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XVS
7 years ago

Pretty amazing that anything at all gets done in this city.

Laz
7 years ago

if there is one thing not to oppose in this city is this!

rolmas
7 years ago

Very sad, this project will be a game changer.

leon
7 years ago

The Lawyer represents the venue Grand Central?

I was wondering where they stood on all of this MWC talk considering I had not heard anything about them.

Anonymous
7 years ago

these people need to get over it the park was on a temporary thing every body knew that and the lofts at grand central they don’t own that building so if you wanted those things to stay the way they are then buy the property if not let the owners build this project which is so badly needed in that area. it seems to me they are after money in order to go away. what a shame

global reach
7 years ago

The best thing that could ever have happen to that area is being delayed due to a crappy venue called Grand Central. Out of all the things that should be opposed in Miami, this isn’t one of them.

Luchiano Montero
7 years ago

I agree 100%!

leon
7 years ago

Love the venue for music but I agree.

tom
7 years ago

Agree 200%. The Grand Central Group is just trying to grab some money. Obviously the City’s Planning Dept. is not smart enough to see what is behind this whole thing. But what you expect?

Gared
7 years ago

Well,well,what’s to be expected,look at the the parcel,G.Straub,buying the old ‘Miami Arena ‘in an auction,but making living suing everything that moves and next B. Knoefler given that property to use for next to nothing and suing when the owner asked for it back,seems like it’s the same clowns doing what they do best,suing and hoping for who knows what,as always,must be Money as expected.Hope the gentlemen in the City Hall have enough sense and the property itself isn’t” jinxed.”

Luchiano Montero
7 years ago

Here We go Again! Every Single Project that I believe is going to help the city of Miami compete with other international cities always gets debunked or Delayed! It Just aggravates me to see this! Why cant this city EVER Complete a project or even start a project with out having any complications??! For an Example, SKYRISE Miami, Resorts world Miami, Miapolis, Miami World Center, and Now this! Somebody needs to put their foot down and start leading this city into the right direction. Believe it or Not, Miami has lots of potential, But in order to do so we cannot continue in this path which will only lead us to accomplishing anything. I also want to figure out what Miami is waiting for to built a 1,000 Floor Skyscraper? Because it’s just embarrassing to Live in a Major city (“International High CLASS CITY”)and NOT have one of these tall and Picturesque Buildings in Our skyline. If I was Major of Miami, I would make sure to have Skyscrapers that will not only scrape the sky, but leave a huge dent on it for millions of people to admire.

Anonymous
7 years ago

Love it, I agree with you 100%
We need to look at world class cities like Dubai, Doha etc
Miami deserves better

Gared
7 years ago

My friend,LM,the explanation could be obvious,there is more litigious moneyhungry a….s per sf here ,than in San Francisco.

XVS
7 years ago

In more honest country people would simply ask for a bribe. In the USA they force it through a frivolous litigation.
This is a shakedown, pure and simple.

miadev
7 years ago

XVS: Comment win of the year!

marc
7 years ago

This group has been a thorn in the side of this development for years.

tom
7 years ago

This group is just looking to get some money from the MWC developers. They have nothing to offer. The City should get smart, maybe not possible and move on with this major project that will move the City into the 21st Century, finally

Be real people
7 years ago

Smart development is good. Over development is bad. The promoters selling the Miami WorldCenter scheme are just too greedy. Remember, in eleven years the Miami WorldCenter salesmen have never put a shovel in the ground.

MiamiInvestor
7 years ago

One word: LAME. This is why Miami is NOT a world city.

Huge and Ugly
7 years ago

Of course the items got deferred. They were big and ugly. Miami will never be considered “world class” it government bureaucrats and weak speculators keep pushing giant ugly buildings with no street level interest. The proposed scheme was wrong on so many levels.

global reach
7 years ago

Get off of the crack pipe

dgm
7 years ago

I really like the design of the tower overall, but the guy above is a little bit right about the street level interaction. The South and West sides of the convention center are just narrow sidewalks and driveways. A pedestrian from the future AAF station or from Government Center would have to walk all the way around to the North side to enter. I just hope the delay results in a little more access to public transit in the redesign.

marc
7 years ago

I think if you check out one of the floor plans, don’t know what level, there appears to be a shaded structure coming off the building on the south side close to where the AAF station and Metrorail is but doesn’t appear in the renders. This could maybe be a connector?

Zero Lot Line
7 years ago

The structure takes up the entire site AND it invades the required legal setbacks. The sidewalks are narrow and unfriendly to pedestrians. The developer just wants more internal space to rent out. And so much concrete… ? There is a mid-sized condo north of the site. The Madison Condo. If this gets approved and if construction starts this will be 5+ years of hell for those residents. First noise and trucks then they lose all their views south and east.