Commissioner: Beckham’s Shopping Mall Will Become One of America’s Busiest Within A Year

Miami commissioner Joe Carollo says that David Beckham’s plan to replace the Melreese golf course with a mall will be a financial success.

A plan set in motion by Miami commissioners last year will see Melreese developed with a shopping mall, along with office, hotel, and stadium uses.

At a recent commission meeting, Carollo predicted that the shopping center would become among the top producing malls in the U.S. within a year of opening.

Visitors are now going to Sawgrass or Aventura due to a lack of options near the airport. He said the property’s location next to the airport and expressway is “one of a kind.”

Carollo said the city-owned park land, which is the biggest remaining green space in Miami, should be developed with “top dollar development potential” in mind.

Should Beckham and his partners fail to finalize a deal, Carollo said he wants to put the park out to top bidders to be developed.

 

 

 

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transplant
1 year ago

Could this be anymore obviously corrupt?

“Carollo predicted that the shopping center would become among the top producing malls in the U.S. within a year of opening.”

Lmao just saying shit and hoping some of it sticks. No substantive reasons given, even as malls continue to lose prominence nationwide.

Anonymous
1 year ago

While it is accurate that “malls continue to lose prominence nationwide” – the same cannot be said for Miami. We are home to some of the highest grossing malls in the country and their continued growth is atypical of the trends experienced across the rest of the country.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly^ Miami is a true outlier.

Alto
1 year ago

Does it mean we can support more malls?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Does it mean we need to support malls on public lands?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bal Harbour is the top grossing mall in the United States.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Top grossing per square foot. Not top grossing overall

Marc305
1 year ago

While true,being the top grossing mall per square foot is an amazing achievement that no other mall can claim. Not being a Bal Harbour homer here but the comment read like it wasn’t impressive.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Let’s see, a shopping mall in the suburbs. Why on earth wouldn’t THAT be successful? The US is littered with empty suburban shopping malls, but this one will be different? Ok, sure.

Anonymous
1 year ago

It’s true that Miami malls/retail have outperformed country but it’s ridiculous to think Miami can successfully absorb a new mall here along with all the retail of Brickell Citi Centre, new Mall of America, Wynwood, Design District, Worldcenter, downtown Miami Central, expanded Aventura, expanded Bayfront, expanded Bal Harbour, and all the other area retail expansion. Retail is absolutely declining and some of this capacity is not going to work.

Anonymous
1 year ago

As long as Amazon doesn’t really work in South America, they will continue to come here by the planeload and shop till they drop any fly back to sell it there. Miami IS South America’s Amazon!

Anonymous
1 year ago

> Visitors are now going to Sawgrass or Aventura due to a lack of options near the airport.

Dolphin and Miami Intl’l Mall are close to the airport.

Anonymous
1 year ago

they are not that close, they are about 10 miles from the airport

SRS
1 year ago

So malls are not right next to the airport but neither hotels…so it makes no sense

La Mala
1 year ago

I work at the airport and these tourists don’t understand the lack of reliable public transportation. I believe the commissioner is correct.

Anonymous
1 year ago

They are 16 miles from the Airport Area and surrounding communities. Plus traffic- If you live in Grapeland or Allapattah you could be driving 45 minutes or an hour to Dolphin Mall during the afternoon plus Sunpass and Gas. My son loves to go Bowling and to Dave and Busters but unfortunately our communities dont offer neither or any kid friendly chain restaurants. They are many hotels and more planned for NW 36th street. The corridor between 42nd avenue and NW 27th Avenue is on the rise. and Needs all the investment it can get.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The Beckham/Mas deal needs to die. They are going to have all of their players and works in Broward while all we get is a stadium and mall that will compete with small local businesses and cause a traffic nightmare.

peej
1 year ago

Exaggerate much? “The team’s front office, including business operations and ticketing, would be housed in Miami. Operations connected to the athletes would be in Fort Lauderdale.”

Anonymous
1 year ago

LOL what small businesses? The liquor and check cashing store down the street?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Sounds like he has big plans for Broward County’s Lokhart Stadium.
Won’t be surprised if he scraps the Melreese plan completely, if not now, in the near future. The Broward renderings on TV last week looked pretty good. Stay tuned. I think he has zero credibility and it’s anyone’s guess what his next move will be. Miami should move on
and return the Melreese golf course to the citizens of Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What citizens? Not the surrounding Communities. I asked several of my neighbors all have been born and raised in Allapattah none— have ever visited the Melreese Golf Course. And at the price per person probably would not ever. Most of the working class folks surrounding this area want access to soccer fields as they often find themselves doing rigged props on Curtis Park or Melrose Park to play game. They want their kids to have safe spaces to play, eat and have fun. They want to be able to go to family outing with live entertainment. We have nothing. Wyndwood is not kid friendly- Brick ell is to expensive and 7 miles away. Yes, lets continuing neglecting the community needs, to offer a Golfing Park for those that dont live in our community and can go back to their suburban area or the gables.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Pave paradise, put up a parking lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

What do you think the whole county look liked in 1889?

A. Nonymous
1 year ago

Giving over the largest tract of publicly owned open space for a mall is a poor choice, IMHO.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, just let it sit there looking empty, that’ll make the people happy to see where some of their tax dollars are going.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yes nothing sadder than open green space just sitting there empty, but Miami has almost finished paving it all over.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Yeah, right, hitting a golf ball somewhere at my expense is what I’ve always envisioned my money goings towards.

Makes me feel like an Amurican.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Seriously tired of light rail dreamers that currently own cars and don’t take mass transit daily.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Um yeah, because mass transit can take you anywhere in the county wanna go.

Gee Miami is full of the smartest people…..

Dashoo
1 year ago

Once upon a time i didnt have a car. It took around an hour to get home with transit/bike. From your tone it sounds like you dont ride the bus. If you do must like whips and chains too.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wait what? When was there a mall? This was supposed to be offices and a stadium with extra fields

Anonymous
1 year ago

mall always part of this corrupt deal, hotel too.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Exactly!! Now all I hear is Lockhart Stadium ?? WTH!
As a Miami soccer fan this whole thing just makes me sick!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Reads like fake news. You would think people would learn.

Anonymous
1 year ago

My question is, if this location is so awesome why is Mas trying to convince other companies to move their offices here? Why is he not willing to move Mastec here? Why isn’t Meuricio Claure willing to move Brughtstar here from Doral? We are being swindled. They will threaten to leave the team permanently at Lockhart to get a bargain basement deal at Melreese.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or instead of giving developers every piece of public land we have left we could make it a place for the community to gather. But why not make it another fucking mall for a select few to profit of of..

Anonymous
1 year ago

Give me a break! A mall is the only place where communities gather.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I thought it was at and in Hard Rock Stadium during a Dolphins game?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Kill the deal, play at Marlin’s Park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I’ve been saying that from the beginning.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Ken Russell and Joe Carollo, the biggest crooks in the City of Miami…I suppose behind F Suarez.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Bait and switch hits the public voting base again, classic corrupt Miami

Anonymous
1 year ago

Now that the Pottinger agreement is no longer in force, the city will dump all of downtown’s into this so called park.

Anonymous
1 year ago

*Downtown’s homeless

M.B.
1 year ago

Another mall? ….who voted for this guy?

Anonymous
1 year ago

And given away for $12M a year in rent LOL, corruption at its finest.

Anonymous
1 year ago

beckam is not relate to the mall proposal. the people who works in this website and play golf in there, just say good bye to your country club.

AndrewN
1 year ago

This is not Beckham’s mall but a malm the commissioner wants to see there instead of Beckham’s development. https://www.miamitodaynews.com/2019/03/19/juggernaut-mall-touted-to-replace-miami-golf-course/

Anonymous
1 year ago

Please provide direct quotes that are in context TNM. Otherwise it seems like fake news.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wow another mall in Miami Genius what are we at 10 now?

Anony
1 year ago

The new mall might succeed if it’s able to intercept enough of the international shoppers that have traditionally traveled to the ring of other malls in the area (Dadeland, Dolphin, Sawgrass, Aventura, etc.). It’s unlikely to gain much local draw outside of Little Havana since it will be flanked in every direction by what are likely to remain better malls located closer to the better demographics. It’s important to remember though that the net impact on the region will likely be neutral, as whatever sales the new mall generates will just be coming from the other malls. Not so sure that is a good use for such a massive public dole out.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I didn’t realize Joe Carollo had a degree in marketing. I know he has one in corrupt finance. Since when did green space become a dirty word in this culture? Miami I has become a place of concrete parking podiums and hi-rise condos with a few palm trees and a beach here and there. There is no planning here – oh, except for politicians to make runs to the bank with a deposit. This could be paradise but sadly it’s becoming malls and parking decks. Leave Melreese green and open.

Miami
1 year ago

Yea, Dolphin Mall and Dadeland DO NOT EXIST, so let’s say they go somewhere else.

Oscar
1 year ago

A mall’s not going to be built there.

Alto
1 year ago

Build it next the water treatment plant on Virginia Key, and build another tunnel from Port Miami to the Virginia Key. No need for a Mall when you have downtown and all its amenities.