Miami-Dade Commission Votes In Favor Of $3B American Dream Mall & Entertainment Complex

The American Dream project in northwest Northwest Miami-Dade took another step forward yesterday when county commissioners voted to approve the development.

Backers say it is as much about entertainment as retail, and that it will be the first theme park in the Miami area. The project will include 1.5 million square feet of entertainment and amusement park space, including a ski slope, ice skating, water park, indoor roller coaster and submarine ride.

The project now goes to review by the state, before coming back to the commission for a final vote in April or May. In total, the project faces nine public reviews before an anticipated opening date in 2022, according to Miami Today.

Competing mall owners Taubman Centers, Simon Property Group and General Growth Properties are fighting the proposal. They have hired lobbyists and created an opposition group called the South Florida Taxpayers Alliance, according to the Herald.

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marc
3 years ago

If they are so confident of this producing big $$$ then I’d force them to sink some big $$$ into getting mass transit out there not just providing new off ramps or widening highways.

Yet Another Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes if they went a quarter on an extension, and state and fed went a quarter, hopefully the county could at least cover the final quarter of a cost, vs the “normal” of local providing and entire half, also known as a “whole half” 😀

Anonymous
3 years ago

Get real! Mass transit to a mall? We couldn’t even manage to finish Metrorail.

Danny
3 years ago

Looks like the Grahams were the real winners.

Suomynona
3 years ago

Did they get approval to become their own CRA?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Looks more like an amusement park / entertainment venue to me than just a mall with retail stores. But even Disney world has a lot of retail components. buy buy and more buy. That is what they all have in common. Pushing mass transit towards that way would be fabulous. I will be taking my kids and family to all the attractions.

Danny
3 years ago

Too bad there is no money for the transit and they have the declaration of restrictions removed.

Nice story though to tell your kids.

Oscar
3 years ago

Does it come with the Empire State Building?

kayhy
3 years ago

Wow, there are always people complaining for and about everything

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because if there were no critics, how do you propose a city or a county function properly?

Danny
3 years ago

Go back to your bosses buddy. You guys are corrupt as &$ck.

Marc
3 years ago

Malls are dying across the country and the city is (rightly so) taking a more urban approach to retail in projects like Design District and City Centre. This proposal is a step backwards.

This will be a disaster of a project for Miami. The developers of the NY/NJ one have gone bankrupt three times and the mall has been under construction for over fifteen years. It’s an incredible eyesore on the side of the Turnpike, ugliest building I’ve ever seen. At least that mall will have mass transit, while the Miami version will be in the middle of a swamp with no transit connection at all.

Oh, one final thing. Look at that rendering in the article! I doubt the Miami American Dream will have the Manhattan skyline in view outside the glass roof….who knows what this project will ACTUALLY look like…

marc
3 years ago

That render is from the build in New Jersey. Don’t know why TNM used it. The actual renders are available via google.

IloveMiami
3 years ago

Count the number of shoppers at Dade land and compare them to Merrick, Design District and City Center combined. Dadeland wins hands down. Get out of your tiny apartment and visit the burbs. Come have a drink by my pool in my 5/4 on 1/2 acre lot. You guys are a bunch of arrogant cry babies. Butch up!!!

Danny
3 years ago

They got the zoning to change as well as declarations of restrictions removes. So anyone here can wipe their ass with any of the “promises” or “guarantees”. These guys are scammers.

Then to top off the roads crossing I75 were never intended to have this density and MDC can’t afford the additional buses and lengths.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yeah, “malls are dying”. Say that to Sawgrass Mills (expanding), Aventura (expanding), Dadeland Mall (expanding) !!!!
And the malls that have closed have done so usually because the location is no longer desirable.

Danny
3 years ago

Apparently no one has reviewed any reports on malls and their economic impacts. Looks like it’s time for you to catch up.

City Commissioner
3 years ago

Online shopping!!! We don’t need these any longer! every retailer is trying to figure out how amazon did it! not where to open their next store.

Yet Another Anonymous
3 years ago

Northwest Northwest Miami Dade is probably the best way to describe it. It is way out on the fringes and will likely only aid the westward push.

Anonymous
3 years ago

For one it’s not just a mall it’s an indoor theme park with retail! I’ll say it again for the dummy’s it’s a indoor them park with retail. There will also be another retail project and housing right next to it. Fuck traffic its right next to the damn highway! Traffic won’t be a big issue! Malls are not dead there just isn’t enough innovation with just your usual malls.This project is different because it’s not just a mall. If you don’t like the mall don’t go, if you don’t like traffic then don’t go you obviously never been out that way anyway so what are you bitching about.

Danny
3 years ago

Buddy please go read up on this case, zoning, traffic and impacts this causes. You know nothing.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Dont have Dan just go to any mall or themepark in America an see if you will ever be stuck in any traffic. I have lived in Tampa an Orlando both right next to themeparks an never had issues with traffic.

Danny
3 years ago

I attended each hearing, read the facts, know friends within MDX and FDOT but hey you know what, your statement outweighs all.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How did you manage to live in Orlando and Tampa??
YAWNNNN

City Commissioner
3 years ago

The point is not whether you like it or not….is coming out of your pocket “dummy…instead of going that the city really needs like Transportation not malls

Anonymous
3 years ago

Funny how all you guys are always clamoring for more transit. I wonder if the lines got built how many of you would actually use it. Miami wasn’t built to handle mass transit. Unfortunately, this is the hard to swallow reality pill. Believe me, I lived in NYC for 20 years and there is nothing like not having to be connected to a robot to transport you around but our geography and infrastructure is not mass transit friendly.

Anonymous
3 years ago

the global trend is against malls, so what does miami-dade do? build world’s largest mall. stupid.

marc
3 years ago

It’s being sold as an amusement park with a very large retail component.

Danny
3 years ago

They did not listen to any of the neighboring communities as usual. At one of the meetings, the owner stood up and cursed out any opposition. Rigged from the start. They practically have unrestricted rights.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Of course the owner doesn’t care about the neighboring communities. All they care about is the $$$. That matters more to them and the developers.

IloveMiami
3 years ago

You guys are the reason Disney formed the Reedy Creek Corp. when they were buying up 54,000 acres in Central Florida. Everyone and their mothers would have complained about traffic congestion, and noise pollution, and the destruction of the environment, and the lack of mass transit, and the endangered birds (beetles in the case of Miami Wilds). If developers listened to all the bitching done by one group or another, NOTHING would ever get built.

Danny
3 years ago

They have to listen when the developers are requesting special rights to be granted to them.

Please read up some before commenting.

IloveMiami
3 years ago

Let them be granted special rights. Neither you nor I are going to build it. If I were to do it, I would want to take as much as possible as well. The mall project would bring lots of revenue to the county. Much more, on the long run, than the cost of the “special rights”. Build it!

Danny
3 years ago

Please read the actual case not just an article. It will not being in any revenue and the rights they removed are the declaration of restrictions. Do youself a favor and read up on what that exactly is.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The last thing Miami-Dade needs is another “mega” mall. What a joke. Welcome to traffic hell.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Find another way to get around the area. Miami doesn’t have any “mega” anything. Malls are NOT dead. Visit Dadeland any day and see for yourself!

Danny
3 years ago

Can’t learn from history huh?

Anonymous
3 years ago

You have no idea how funny your comment really is. I am a history professor.

Danny
3 years ago

History professor makes you a genius now on real estate development. Oh wait better yet, I’m guessing you attended the hearings and read the documents of this case because you are a history professor as well?

You have no facts in your statements. What a disappointment to your students.

IloveMiami
3 years ago

Your personal attack on me shows your true colors. I stated that your comment on history was funny because you had no idea that history what I teach. Your personal attack is petty, as I am sure you are. Forums like this are, and should be, a place where anyone should be free to express their opinions without you intimidating, insulting, or in the least, attempting to suppress a dissenting point of view. The fact that you attend meetings and read opposing points of view does not make you a qualified genius or expert on what is or is not good for our county either.

Danny
3 years ago

You made a ridiculous statement on mega malls, get emotional and now throw attacks.

Come back with actual facts on the development and case instead of your emotions.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Very well said Professor, some people are so touchy.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What history????

Anonymous
3 years ago

I hope the mega mall comes with an ice skating rink.