PortMiami Land Once Eyed By Beckham For Soccer Stadium Could Get A Hotel And Convention Center

A company is proposing to develop a project called Miami Yacht Harbor at PortMiami, on land where David Beckham wanted to build a soccer stadium.

MITC-2015 Inc. is the company that is pushing the proposal. Rene LaComb, who was part of an investment group last year that unsuccessfully tried to take over the Miami Marine Stadium last year, is the company’s principal.

The project could include a convention center, hotel, and yacht marina on 8.7 acres at the southwest corner of the port. Dade County’s 2035 Master Plan for the port envisions exactly that type of development.

Marine Spill Response Corporation currently has a long term lease for most of the land. Dade commissioners will vote this week to authorize negotiations that would move them to another part of the port at no cost.

Details of a lease for the valuable plan have yet to be worked out, but MITC-2015 claims that the project could generate $76 million for the county over the first ten years, including lease payments, sales tax and ad valorem tax.

The Downtown Development Authority last year wrote a letter opposing commercial development at the port, saying that it would flood the market and cause a glut of space.

Beckham’s plans to build a soccer stadium on the land were killed after Royal Caribbean funded a campaign opposing the stadium there, while also threatening to move their cruise ships elsewhere. RCL has a below-market lease for their headquarters building and parking lot on adjacent land, and a stadium would have blocked their views of downtown.

Dade’s Trade and Tourism Committee will vote on whether to begin negotiations later this week.

 

A previous concept for the site prepared by Chad Oppenheim:

 

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MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Why not? This is prime real estate currently being underused and our port needs the $$$ to be sustainable. Don’t say traffic, we have a large bridge, a potential pedestrian bridge, and a tunnel connecting it to the city. What about adding a train shuttle running as an extension to and from the AAF station via the freight tracks already in place? Connecting the port to our lacking but slowly growing mass transportation network.

Aaron
5 years ago

The land at the port of Miami is some of the only land we have to be used for Port activities. This land should be used to expand the port and continue Miami as the go to port on the eastern sea board, and especially from south america and ships coming through the Panama Canal. There is plenty of land near by for hotels (downtown, Edgewater, Wynwood), and there are hotels right across the bridge for those who want to be close to their arriving/departing cruises. We do not need another convention center, especially while the beach is about to be upgraded. Lastly, space for more private boats can be placed anywhere along the coast.

This land, with deep channels should be kept for port activities, both shipping and cruising.

Marc305
5 years ago

I am all for new development but another convention center, really? There is already one in South Beach and another one coming to Miami World Center, aren’t 2 within a 5 mile radius enough? Other than that this project looks great!

GyroMeat
5 years ago

Add a Stadium for Beckham and I’m happy.

Danny
5 years ago

GOOOOAAALLLL!!!!!

LP
5 years ago

We only have the one port that for now makes the largest one in the U.S., I think? But to keep up with a rapidly growing city, shouldn’t the extra port space be used for growth of cruises & cargo ships rather than more buildings? I think it’s going to take a good while just to fill up all the 20,000 condos coming just east of I-95 in Dade. Renderings are beautiful. They should model the SkyRise observation tower with this better design!

Anonymous
5 years ago

I agree. I think it’s shortsighted to use up already limited port space for anything else but future cruise or cargo business. What happens 10, 20 years from now when the industry needs to continue to keep up? No more space but hey another hotel and office tower.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Exactly. Industry grows at around 4% per year, limited to how fast ship builders can build. Only getting more and more capacity. Will be ironic when all the Cuba cruises leave from Port Everglades because of Miami’s shortsightedness.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Passing on the soccer stadium and the development that was proposed will end up being a huge mistake. Great renderings, but why another convention center?

Anonymous
5 years ago

I don’t think they will approve the convention center either. The stadium would have been much better fit!

ananymous
5 years ago

This is a very watered down Rem Koolhas – OMA design but without the benefit of thinking about sustainable design. The tower as a glass reflective wall on the waters edge facing west is truely moronic. That glass will reflect on downtown from 2-7 in the afternoon. Chad Oppenheim is a formalist as an architect and clearly and has zero understanding of the impact of design on the immediate envirnment. The Port of Miami should select better architects with stronger grasps of sustainability and smarter planning.

laz
5 years ago

this is a viable solution for the land but also more terminals for cruise ships would be another one, def does not need a stadium, stadiums dont need to take up waterfront property, have we not learned our lesson from the AAA.

Anonymous
5 years ago

The stadium was one component of a bigger project. Can’t blame the AAA, blame the city and county for not enforcing the agreement. I would argue a park, as originally proposed, would completely enhance the site. Plus you can also look to other cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, Pitt etc that have integrated waterfront stadiums successfully.

The stadium experience will stink in the OB site.

Anonymous
5 years ago

I say we need larger terminals. One main reason Rcl keeps their largest vessels at port Everglades is because they don’t fit here. More if those ships are sure to come. Hope it gets voted down but if it must go then it must have public transportation attached. Mover sounds ext sounds about right.

Patrick Murphy
5 years ago

They should use an expansive concrete shrinkage reducing admixture like prevent-c if they are building that close to the water. Concrete cracking is endemic in places that close to water. Trying to get someone to listen is a whole other issue. Anyone know who the structural engineer would be?