Miami Worldcenter: Plenty Of Parking, 140,000 Square Feet Of Retail Being Built

Miami Worldcenter now has about 140,000 square feet of retail, around 1,000 residences, and over 2,000 parking spaces under construction.

In 2014, Worldcenter’s developer was proposing to develop an enclosed, three-story mall that was larger than Brickell City Centre’s shopping center, with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s as tenants. Based off those plans, the city controversially agreed to close and turn over Northeast 9th Street and Northeast 7th streets, and have the developer rebuild Northeast 8th street.

In 2016, Worldcenter announced they were scrapping the 760,000-square-foot enclosed mall, and replacing it with plans for 300,000 square feet of high street retail.

As of today 513 condo units are under construction at the Paramount condo tower. Across the street, the Caoba apartment tower is under construction with 450 units.

Thousands of parking spaces are also under construction. On Paramount’s block, an 1,100 space parking garage is being built, while a ten-story garage with 1,047 spaces is being built at Caoba.

According to a spokesperson, around 140,000 square feet of retail is now under construction across Blocks C, D and G. This includes the high street retail paseo, retail at the base of Paramount Miami Worldcenter, and a portion of the Seventh Street promenade. Eventually, the first phase will include 300,000 square feet of retail.

Miami’s retail market is among the country’s hottest, with double digit retail rent growth over last year. There are also thousands of new rental and condo units in the area around Worldcenter which will bring new residents.

 

 

An 1,100-space parking garage now sits on what was once a public road, Northeast 9th Street. It was closed to allow for a mall to be built:

paseo to be lined with retail:

caoba apartments and parking garage under construction across the street:

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Anonymous
2 years ago

This project has gone through so many iterations its not surprising we get the half assed vision were getting now. This is merely a place to park capital and will just create a dead zone in the city. All allowed by our lovely politicians!

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Did they end up getting the 23 liquor licenses they wanted?

Anonymous
2 years ago

re: 23 liquor licenses. great question!

Anonymous
2 years ago

literally thousands of parking spaces right in the middle of downtown wtf on top of 2 metro mover stations 2 metro rail stations and apparently a sky port???

Anonymous
2 years ago

According to public records there’s more than 130,000 SF of retail under construction…

Anonymous
2 years ago

What’s the industry ratio for retail sf:parking spots?

65:1 seems… low?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Ever been to a Heat game or any event at the AAA, Museums?

Anonymous
2 years ago

So, the play was build satellite parking for downtown? Or was it to develop a new area of downtown?

Anonymous
2 years ago

5 per 1000 SF

Anonymous
2 years ago

It is just sad. This project had an opportunity to truly invigorate downtown. Instead it built a parking garage over an entire city block.

Anonymous
2 years ago

When you realize that they’re building for the future too?!

Anonymous
2 years ago

In the near future parking garages will be obsolete.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How do you figure it is going to happen in the “near future”? I am assuming you are talking about autonomous cars but even in that scenario they will have to park eventually. Where do you think that will happen? The day when we only have self driving cars is decades away. They first have to implement a rule for all cars to have Wi-Fi so that they can “see” each other at all times in addition to having cameras and sensors all around. For all the current cars to faze out will take years. So unless you are Generation Z, the one after the Millennials there is very little chance you will even see that.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re clearly over 40 and lost. You can’t see the revolution that is happening before your eyes. Car ownership and garages are about to become obsolete, soon, very soon. And there’s no such thing as “WiFi” in cars lmao it’s called 5G and it’s akready there, look around the corner…

Anonymous
2 years ago

I am 34 but you are obviously under 20 and wet behind the ears. You still did not answer where your autonomous cars will be parked, unless of course they will be flying and floating somewhere when they are not being used. And to your other point WiFi 5G whatever you want to call it. Yeah, I am sure you will get everyone to pay and update their current cars to have it installed. Keep dreaming little boy and just in case, I have a flying carpet I can sell you really cheap.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Hopefully they won’t be parked downtown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Why would an autonomous car be parked, except to be charged? You completely miss the point.

Anonymous
2 years ago

34 and so simple minded? We’re the same age but you’re thinking like a dinosaur. Here’s what’s going to happen with all your old cars: As soon as the tech is ready for autonomous vehicles (which is soon), companies like Uber, Lyft, GM, Google (and many more) will invest in large fleets of autonomous vehicles. Since the middle man becomes inexistant (the driver) and most of those cars will run on electricity, the cost of each trip is going to become extremely cheap, to the point that many people will start questioning why they still own a car. Most of them will try to sell their old car, but nobody will buy. Therefore there will be a huge amount of old cars that nobody wants and prices of « old tech » cars will go down. They will go down so low that car companies won’t be able to make profits unless they build autonomous cars for the companies managing the fleets. Sooner than you think, most people will be using exclusively those ride-sharing services that are going to be EXTREMELLY cheap. Therefore, in the future, not so far away, nobody will drive cars. I don’t see the future. I’m just smart. Most humans are smart too, but you clearly aren’t.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Danger! Danger! Will Robinson.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Most humans are not smart, the few and far in between are the ones that have gotten us this far. I may not be as smart as you but you are a dreamer, so get your head out of the clouds. Autonomous cars will become more popular in the 2020’s but will definitely not catch on to the levels you are hoping for until the 2030’s or 2040’s and that is the best case scenario. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or not, just remember this conversation when you hit your 50’s and are still stuck in bumper to bumper traffic surrounded by parking garages.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You have no idea how aggressively fast disruptive technologies take care of business. Wait and see… it won’t be long I promise 😉

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

I’m all for planning for the future and innovation, but keep in mind that in 1944, Orwell’s vision of the future (1984) was off the mark. Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey had humans colonizing the moon and travelling to Jupiter, and Harrison Ford was hunting “replicants” in 2019 L.A. in Blade Runner. We really have to be more “realistic” about our expectations of a Miami in 2040.

Anonymous
2 years ago

It’s different. We’re not talking about Sc. Fiction here. The technology is already here and only a few years away to be perfected and adopted. We’re not talking about flying cars and space conquest, just autonomous vehicles ughhh i’ve seen them around Brickell twice already…

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

I answered for them. Reading the front page of USA Today’s technology blurb isn’t the best resource.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re clearly old too, public transportation will become obsolete soon, very soon. We’ll all have teleporters. And 5G stands for 5th Generation cell tech.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Beam me up Scottie! These damn Tribbles are crawling all over me!

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

Autonomous car services would not dock locally in your garage or downtown either.

The big notion is that you don’t need to own a car you use 2 hours a day, and instead an asset operator would own a fleet that they use for ridesharing where they are utilized 24 hours a day with breaks here and there to recharge plus maintenance. When autonomous goes mainstream, it will be operated by commercial owners, not individuals.

So the argument that this is “building for the future” is moot.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Finally someone who understands…

Anonymous
2 years ago

What are you talking about???
Miami doesn’t even have a plan to develop a reliable public transportation system, so unfortunately we will be parking our cars in downtown Miami for the next 20 years to come. Not to mention, that a parking garage is very easy to demolish, so once that near future comes, a new highrise can be built in that lot.

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

Downtown will be underwater in 20 years. Now, there’s something to worry about!

Afi Keita James
2 years ago

Wrong

Anonymous
2 years ago

Parking garage is pretty expensive to demolish when it has a luxury mall below it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Not surprised

Anonymous
2 years ago

Everything seems right with whole area new and clean for convention center meetings and high end shopping.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um, I think TNM wants this developer to put the cart before the horse. This place is massive and more than likely has over a year to go before it’s finished.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Project will have more than 450,000 sq ft of high-street retail.

mondocondo
2 years ago

That was the original plan. Clearly not any more. Cheers

Anonymous
2 years ago

Borderline criminal what has been done to NE 2 Ave. it’s been turned into an alley completely void of life.

Anonymous
2 years ago

#NoVision

Anonymous
2 years ago

NE 9th street is a metaphor for Miami. It dead-ends into a parking garage entrance.

Anonymous
2 years ago

500,000 sqft of retail is in the works

Anonymous
2 years ago

One has to see the construction in person to see how city officials once again sold out to developers and basically let them just build giant parking garages and giant condos. It is nothing like Swire’s Brickell CIty Center….It looks nothing like the renderings we as neighbors were originally shown.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Um yeah, what they’ve built so far, looks nothing like the renderings.

Are Miamians really that stupid? This place has a longggg way to go before it’s finished.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Shame on these developers for the bait and switch and shame on the City of Miami for allowing this. Is there no vision for the growth on Miami’s urban core?

Anonymous
2 years ago

TOO MUCH PARKING! TOO MUCH PARKING! Also, probably too much retail. Even if they try to fill out the development with hotel and retail, it will likely never be full. This project is a disaster.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Gee, another “expert developer” has spoken!

mondocondo
2 years ago

It doesn’t take an “expert” to see that retailers are going to be cautious about over expanding with the well-anchored Brickell City Centre less than 1 mile to the south and the Design District’s luxury stores one mile to the north. That’s not to say that if properly scaled and formatted MWC’s unanchored retail won’t serve more local needs, but that’s a mere shell of what was originally proposed. It was fairly predictable that both centers weren’t going to get built as planned – it was just too much new retail, and when MWC lost its anchor stores the die was cast. Cheers.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh wow, I guess the developers of this project told ole’mondocondo that they were only going to include retail in this project.

Gee, all the while I thought it was going to include residential, restaurants, along with bars and clubs. Oh well, what do I know…….

Anonymous
2 years ago

What i dont understand is …why no office space? Seems like noone is building office space?? What kind of a city will this be in 10 years? No businesess? Can someone enligten me …please??

Alan
2 years ago

Like big box retail office space will start phasing out. The trend of working from home will continue to rise.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Who the hell shops at anchor stores these days. Macy’s is clothing stores, Bloomingdales at The Falls looks like a ghost town, Norstrom is also in trouble.
Suburbia is dying along with the suburban shopping mall concept.

Anonymous
2 years ago

i agree. everyone knows brick and mortar retail is an endangered species. amazon and other online retailers are destroying retail. hopefully all that parking and be retrofit for another use.

Anonymous
2 years ago

By the time cars are obsolete, these parking garages and buildings as a whole will be demolished for something else.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You are right, they should have built a huge gated subdivision full of Spanish revival townhouses. And call it Plantation 2.0

ILoveMiami
2 years ago

LMFAO!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

there is plenty of retail nearby – people can hop on the metro mover to BCC or take the bus to design district or lincoln road or drive to one of the many area malls. there probably isn’t a need for a half-baked mall that won’t bring in a lot of outsiders and limited retail should suffice for the towers. sux they got away w/ closing off the street though – wonder who got paid off…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Satellite parking for the American Airlines Arena.

That’s about it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

When will you realize they’re planning for the future growth of the area also?!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I must have missed the plans for light rail, metromover extensions, bike lanes, baylink.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Oh, so that means that people will just stop driving into downtown?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Of course. In a few years everyone will stop driving at large.

Anonymous
2 years ago

So, did you look into your crystal ball and saw that “in a few years everyone will stop driving at large?”

You should be making a killing at playing the lottery.

Anonymous
2 years ago

You’re not of the smart kind if you can’t see that…

Anonymous
2 years ago

Are you from the future? You’re guessing that “everyone will stop driving at large,” someday, and with that prediction that’s supposed to make you Einstein 2.0?

Here’s a prediction that should make me appear to be a genius: In the future, mankind will step foot on Mars.

See… like you, ain’t I brilliant?!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Dude, relax!! The more you type the more ignorant you sound. Wait and see.

Miami Hurricane
2 years ago

This guy.

Anonymous
2 years ago

the enclosed retail space was a mistake to begin with (see Omni mall). Downtown Miami can handle more pedestrian oriented retail. Anyone noticed NW 3rd avenue recently? We need more of this type of activity!