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Miami's Offer To Amazon: A City Within A City

Miami’s Offer To Amazon: A City Within A City

This is one of the proposals sent to Amazon as part of Miami’s bid package.

Amazon is being offered a combination of the Miami Innovation District and the adjacent Miami Worldcenter as a single supersite for their HQ2 campus, TNM has learned.

The Innovation District/Worldcenter site is one of eight offered to Amazon in the Miami area, including five in Miami-Dade and three in Miami city limits (lawyers for the Beacon Council have blocked our attempts to obtain the full proposal).

It offers intense zoning density, enough for employees to not only work but also live on or near campus. In total, nearly 23 million square feet of space is planned between the two developments, including office, residential, retail and hotel – creating a live, work, and play environment.

Since the property is within Overtown Community Redevelopment Area boundaries, the sites would be eligible for Tax Increment Financing, which could exceed over $1 billion in value.

The 500,000-square-foot Hines office tower at Worldcenter (scheduled to break ground in 2Q) is pitched as being the shovel-ready component. The balance would be in the Miami Innovation District, which has more than enough office space entitled to meet Amazon’s demand of 8 million square feet.

The campus would have excellent transit connectivity, with four different rail services:

  • Brightline high speed rail service to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach (2018), Orlando (2020) and beyond
  • Tri-Rail to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties (2018)
  • Metromover throughout Downtown and Brickell
  • Metrorail, including airport access
  • I-95

In the immediate surrounding area:

  • Marriott Marquis Hotel – 1,800 keys, 500,000 square feet convention space (in development)
  • MiamiCentral – retail, office, residential and transit hub (2018)
  • Museum Park – Frost Museum of Science, Perez Art Museum
  • Arsht Center for Performing Arts

sent to amazon in the miami bid package:


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Even more bullish now
Even more bullish now

I knew Miami had a chance, but this is much stronger than I thought and makes perfect sense with all the action surrounding the old arena…really seems like the perfect fit! Amazon would essentially have a blank canvas in the middle of one of the most beautiful and geographically important regions in the world! Come on home Bezos!!

Miami1
Miami1

Landing Amazon can also push the Smart Plan to reality..

Anonymous
Anonymous

And will pump jobs into our city!!!

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Everyone (including myself) has overlooked the core technological infrastructure. Terremark’s Network Access Point to the America’s a few blocks down could be critical depending on Amazon’s long term strategy. It might not be a surprise they are looking at a coastal/border areas with global internet exchange points. Vice versa, Amazon might look to set up their own in house via AWS.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Everyone?

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Hasty. The overwhelming majority on discussion boards.

Anonymous
Anonymous

EVERYONE !!!!! (in a Gary Oldman expression)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Would love to see this become a reality

Anonymous
Anonymous

Same here. It’s the one project I want to see happening. Quite the beautiful depth alongside MWC.

Amazon of course we want U
Amazon of course we want U

Across from E11even no wonder they are interested!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get real 👎🏼

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow, this would be incredible! Come home Amazon!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Whoaaaaa!!!
This is insane!!
Go Miami!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Haven’t heard any updates on this innovation district in years…doubt it happens, but would really like to see it

Anonymous
Anonymous

This is a little under a year by TNM. Simkins cleared the area for development.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/site-innovation-district-proposed-cleared/

Anonymous
Anonymous

Land is all set for construction.

Anonymous
Anonymous

How about an amazon headquarter base for Latin America

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Interesting that they included the innovation district. Something they are not even sure will be built thanks to your ex mayor and friends. You see how working against a project like this kicks us in the ass? A tech development that not only Amazon would take interest in but other companies like Microsoft an many more would have potentially made there home. The mayor as well as some residence hated the idea of a building with billboard. Now all of a sudden it’s in the package, but wait didn’t you guys just try to kill this project? The decisions this city makes just sickens me!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree completely

Anonymous
Anonymous

Apple might be looking for a 2nd headquarter. Imagine landing both of them and spurring a new tech hub here that’s connected with all of Latin America.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Other companies will take notice

Anonymous
Anonymous

can you imagine? Leaving club E11even on Monday morning around 8am and crossing the street to you office at Amazon! I hope they have employee showers in the bathrooms!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami’s offer to Amazon: 80 degree winters and no state income tax.

Watch Amazon go to some wheat field in Texas because some local government hands them everyone’s tax revenue and all of the town virgins.

Anonymous
Anonymous

lol

Anonymous
Anonymous

If it comes down to government kick outs Chicago or Atlanta will win that race. They sold their soul for Boeing and doesnt seem to be making a difference their.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazon will likely make their own campus from scratch, like in Seattle. The Hines and Sterling tower would make a great provisional HQ and later reduced to offices for other functions, subleasing the vacated space to other corporate HQs and branch offices.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami is the Place ……. and will inspire futures headquarters in other Latin Countries

Mana has Mono
Mana has Mono

did they improve the plan in anyway since making it to the 2nd round?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Finally, maybe FINALLY, my apartment at the Quantum on the Bay with unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay and the surrounding islands as well as the Port of Miami will break the $400 per sq. ft. price! EXCITING!

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Your problem is not the views i think. It is the shitty management, too many partying type renters and high HOAs.

Anonymous
Anonymous

They just lowered the monthly maintenance payments 7%.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow that’s going to be amazing! Love MIAMI

Visual pollution
Visual pollution

Simkins continues to promote his vapid 65 story LED billboard scheme. City of Miami commissioners voted to close that loophole. No one wants to see ads on a tower 20 miles away.

Anonymous
Anonymous

lol, you can tell it’s a peter ehrlich post from 50 yards. next up, “lemon city” property values rising!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Silly tech/green cheesy paradise renderings that only communicate naivete. Amazon values environmental factors, Washington DC is the first LEED certified CITY, Miami barely has a few LEED buildings. Never going to happen, and this silly cheerleading is embarrassing. Put the energy into making some real, achievable improvements instead of waiting for some savior corporation to do it for us.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazon values tax breaks and incentives. Period. The only green that really motivates them involves Ben Franklin’s face. LEED Amazon to the money.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Amazon will go to texas, not Miami.

Anonymous
Anonymous

why can’t you just be a good cheerleading Go Miami density whore like everyone else here ??!!! You’re just ruining it for the rest of us.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Go back to grazing cattle and your wild west films and stay there minus an Amazon HQ2.

Miami Hurricane
Miami Hurricane

Texas already has 20,000 Amazon employees and grew at 150% last year; Washington has 40,000 and California has 30,000 employees

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/united-states-amazon-2017-interactive-graphic-shows-tech-giant-growing-now/