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: