Throwback Thursday: Resorts World Miami Unveiled In 2011 With Six Towers

Resorts World Miami was unveiled in 2011 as one of the biggest projects ever proposed in Miami. Over eight years later, nothing has been built.

The proposal included six LED-lit towers with a design inspired by a coral reef.

Four of the towers were to be hotels, with a total of 5,200 rooms. The remaining two towers would be residential, with 1,000 residences.

An eight-story podium was to sit above a three-story underground parking garage.

The podium was to have a tw0-story shopping mall with 250,000 square feet of luxury retail. There would also have been more than 50 restaurants, lounges, bars and nightclubs, and 700,000 square feet of convention space including a 200,000 square foot column-free ballroom that would be the largest in the U.S.

Atop the podium would be a massive 3.6-acre lagoon, allowing one to swim from Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Boulevard. The lagoon would be equivalent in size to 12 Olympic-size swimming pools, and would have a sand beach.

The design would be in accordance with the Miami 21 zoning code.

A baywalk would be built along Biscayne Bay, with a connection from Museum Park to Edgewater.

Later, Resorts World Miami purchased the neighboring Omni property and other nearby land, doubling the potential project footprint to 30 acres.

The company has not been able to secure approval for casino gambling at the property however, and nothing has been built.

Developer Genting is instead now building the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas, the most expensive resort ever built in that city. The project topped off in August 2019.

Resorts World under construction in Las Vegas in December 2019 (photo: superfish):

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Anonymous

Thank the Seminoles for holding the politicians and this project hostage..

Anonymous

Should have given them more blankets with smallpox when we had the chance…

Anonymous

You’re one sick fuck motherfucker.

Anonymous

How about them Noles.

Anonymous

Don’t let Genting bully the City and State into allowing gambling in Miami. It’s not needed and proven as it expanded around the Country to not bring all the positives supporters claim.

Anonymous

#1. Miami already allows gambling.
#2. Sure, it is not “needed”, however, in order to convert 10+ acres of amazing waterfront development with 2,500 hotel rooms, 1,000 residences, 250k sq ft of retail and restaurants, a marina, etc. etc. This is the land owners model.

The architecture and function of this project is astounding. Without the gambling room in the back of this $3B project, it will be value engineered down to tenement style Melo buildings on a piece of land that begs for something extraordinary.

Anonymous

Then subdivide the land, sell it to different folks and let it develop organically…. like a city

Anonymous

“Organically”??
In US cities, private property owners have private property rights.
Certainly, the property owners think that “selling to different folks” is a stupid idea.

Shawn Kouri

I wouldn’t blame the Seminoles.

Shawn Kouri

I wouldn’t blame the Seminoles. But the politicians, yes. However, Florida is now allowing gambling after that amendment was passed by voters in 2018. I want Genting to go again. They still have the former Miami Harold site and they are still using it for events only, primarily Art Basel. They are working on renovating the Omni bus terminal in Midtown with a hotel and condo on top. But what about the Resorts World Casino??

Shawn Kouri

Can you tell Genting to give it another go now that Florida allows gambling.? This would’ve been an iconic landmark in Miami. I want this thing to be built.

Afi Keita James

That is simply not gonna happen.

Anonymous

From your lips to god’s ears Shawn. I just went to Hollywood Casino and could not believe how beautiful they made it. I saw Criss Angel, had a great duck dinner, went to an ice cream parlor that infuses liquor to each scoop, it was awesome, and then went to Daer nightclub. All in one night! The only bad thing was having to drive back all the way to Brickell after. Genting should try again, it would be amazing to have all of that here. It breaks my heart to see this article and read all the plans they had for this area. I am with you, I want this to be built too.

Shawn Kouri

Tell Genting that! See now how come the Seminoles were able to build that iconic guitar shaped hotel in Hollywood which I went to and it’s beautiful? But why Genting can’t build the Resorts World Miami Casino? Now that Florida allows gambling after a 2018 passage of a vote to allow that, this no longer makes sense. The seminal tribe building a guitar shaped hotel and the Malaysian casino giant not building anything or not getting approval i’m just using the Miami Herald site as event space and letting it just be wasted space more than half the time doesn’t make sense. Really! It doesn’t make sense! What a waste! Or sign a petition to bring it back. Someone should tell Genting..

Anonymous

Blame the Rat and North Florida politicians for this one not happening..

Anonymous

No, blame Genting for wanting a casino and local residents not wanting that… They are able to start construction, with approved uses, like anyone else, and I personally hope they do. The easy way out is for you to write a simple finger-pointing sentence, you probably work for them.

Anonymous

Gambling is at the core of Genting’s business. Simply building rentals isn’t their play.

Anonymous

Many people would work for Genting if this project had been approved..

Shawn Kouri

This was going to create over 30,000 jobs.

Anonymous

No, “YOU” don’t want any casinos in Miami.

Stop acting as if you know what every resident in Miami want.

Shawn Kouri

This resort has to be built by 2025 at the latest. Florida now allows gambling after a vote was passed in 2018. I voted for it myself. Someone has to reach out to Resorts World LLC Miami to see what is going on.

Anonymous

Unfortunately this is never going to happen. Between Disney, the cruise lines and the Seminoles the opposition has too much money and influence to ever allow this.

Anonymous

Totally agree.
This would have been awesome. Same as SKyrise

Anonymous

Las Vegas heavily lobbied against this too.

Anonymous

And don’t forget, Miami Beach whined about this to.

Anonymous

The Resort complex, if it had been built as shown in the renderings, would have been so dynamic for Miami’s skyline!

POLO

If it weren’t for the politicians, the Seminoles, and close minded people, we would of have the world’s biggest casino, with top notch entertainment, stunning architecture, in a beautiful setting. Genting’s resort casino in Singapore is a first class facility, and it has not diminish the city as a top notch business center.

Anonymous

i live across from this property…. i still believe this will become reality in the next 5 years…this govenor has expressed his opposition to the seminoles exclusivity and now should genting choose to they can sponsor a statewide campaign to allow the voters to give them authority to build….genting is smart….theyll get it done

Anonymous

I hope your right, but I have my doubts.

Afi K James

I hope so, it will be sleek and nice.

Shawn Kouri

That’s a great idea. Genting should create a poll to vote on this resort. The seminoles Are now expanding the economy of Broward county thanks to the new guitar shaped hotel that just went up and is now open. So now at this point in time it would make perfect sense. This would expand Miami‘s economy even more and would generate millions of dollars in revenue. So come on. As a matter of fact this was supposed to be built A few years ago between 2015 and 2018. They tore down the old Miami Herald building like five years ago. If they have broken ground then, it would’ve been completed a year or two ago. So somebody has to support this Resorts World Casino Project on the former Miami Herald site and get construction started. I’ve been dying to go to this resort catch up ever since it was on the proposal. So, LET’S GO GENTING…

Afi K James

If our florida gambling licences passes.

Anonymous

I still want this to happen?

Shawn Kouri

Me too.. Hurry it up!!!!

Anonymous

Las Vegas gets the “$4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas” but Miami hopes to top that with Art Basel… yaaawwwwnnnnn……

Anonymous

Miami is so retarded they can’t even land F1 racing or even bring back formula E

Anonymous

All we do is lose out

Anonymous

That’s because too many people in Miami act like some things these developers propose is somehow going to have a negative effect on their life and livelihood.

Chuck Finster

The F1 loss hurts. Could’ve done a loop on MacArthur causeway and Biscayne and instead going to be doing loops around the Hard Rock Stadium

Anonymous

I hope not. Nothing against it, but we have a bonafide race track in Homestead. Let them put it there.

Anonymous

You cant have a Grand Prix on a NASCAR track…

Anonymous

Formula E was impotent.
Lame.
Boring.
Yawn.

Anonymous

That’s because traffic is the number one concern in literally anything ever in Miami since the car is the only way to get around. Any minor obstruction to a persons commute is highly opposed.

Anonymous

So sad this was never built. It would be incredible for Miami.

Shawn Kouri

BUILD RESORTS WORLD MIAMI!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

The city of Miami and government has ruined most dreams in Miami except the terrible “American dream mall” which should’ve been rejected but some how this amazing resort is denied

Afi Keita James

American dream mall Miami would be just as hot as resort world Miami casino.

Anonymous

A glorified Swap Shop is squat compared to a world class integrated resort.

Anonymous

The city of Miami has nothing to do with American Dream. That is in the far northwestern corner of Miami Dade County.
The Genting project has stalled mainly because the state legislature has failed to pass gambling legislation.
The growth rate of the city of Miami over the last 10 years has been one of the highest in the country. Many dreams have been realized.

Afi Keita James

I Hope 2020 will bring the gambling legislation back.

Anonymous

Please. The American Dream mall is not in the City of Miami.

Anonymous

Location, Location and Location

Shawn Kouri

That’s right. Those are the three words in real estate. This location is one of them for a project like this.

Anonymous

deletef

Anonymous

this news of no news

Shawn Kouri

Agreed! Why is Genting not coming back to give it another go? Gambling is now allowed in Florida after it was approved by voters in 2018. So, come on!

No way Jose

It was a stupid plan. It assumed Genting owned all the streets and avenues! They did not.

Shawn Kouri

It’s time for Genting to bring it back and try again. Florida now allows gambling.

Anonymous

Bullet dodged.

Anonymous

SOOOO glad this was never built!

Anonymous

No comparison between Miami and the vegas project…

I hope the Miami Resorts World happens without casinos.

Anonymous

You must live in a utopia. They obviously need a gambling license to make something like this feasible. Notwithstanding, just have high end gambling with minimum high table limits if you are that worried. Ironically, people like you are the ones who killed this, and now asking for Resorts World.

Anonymous

I live in Paradise.

Too many Resorts & Spas to name that don’t have casinos.. If Genting was serious about project it would have already been built it without casinos.

Anonymous

But, a casino is part of the resort…

Geez there are a lot of smart people in Miami.

Anonymous

A delusional paradise. Name on of “those too many resorts and spas that don’t have casinos” of this size and magnitude? Keep the table limits high and tax it for the benefit of the locals.

Anonymous

The Fountainebleu (who opposed Genting) and the Turnberry Resort (same people, also opposed Genting).
Refer to the post about the organizers of Genting’s opposition.
It is not about gambling.
It is about crony capitalism, and the perverse mechanisms businesses use to keep competition out and all the customers to themselves.

Anonymous

Fountainbleu is on a beach and Turnberry has a golf course. You are comparing apples with oranges, although I understand they would oppose. What if Fountainbleau could not have a beach and Turnberry had no golf course – they would not have been built at all.
Built that new world class casino destination resort and let Miami win for once!

Anonymous

Thank you Capt. Obvious.
Yes, Fountainebleu is on the beach, and Turnberry does have a golf course.
If you think that a $3B NEW development in the heart of Downtown Miami would not take convention and meeting business away from the Sofers, then real estate and economic development basics are beyond your scope.
Also, understand that the Sofers would LOVE a Destination Resort gaming license. If only one is issued per S. Florida county, they want to be sure that they own it.

Anonymous

With or without casinos fares well with me.
Come on?
Gamblers should be allowed to gamble. Just like prohibition times.
Please…

Anonymous

Read that article above carefully. There is not even a mention of the gaming part of the project. Why? Because compared to the 250,000 sq ft ballroom, hotel rooms, condominiums, meeting spaces, retail, restaurants, bay walk, marina, and other community amenities, the gaming floor (on the 3rd and 4th floor, set back to Biscayne Blvd and not on the waterfront) was a small part of the project physically.
As far as financing a 3 acre rooftop lagoon that reaches from the Biscayne Bay to Biscayne Blvd and everything else, the gaming floor is a big part of the revenue model.

The people in power who organized this owned competing hotels, competing convention centers, competing cruise ship companies, competing attractions,competing restaurants and competing hotels.
These people (and their lobbyists) do not want that kind of competition.
These organizers knew that best way to get the Useful Idiots to join the cause was to emphasize CASINO and to conflate this project with Atlantic City or Vegas. This project had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with either.

Anonymous

Hideous buildings ?

Anonymous

No more hookers around of Miami please!!!!

Anonymous

Stop acting like this is going to be some low class bargain basement resort.

Anonymous

And thank God it was never built. What a horrible looking design that is.

Anonymous

Now I for one, agree with you.

I hope in the meantime, the Genting Group comes back with a better design.

Anonymous

The design is a technological masterpiece. The engineering so that view corridors open to the bay are incredible. The columnless ballroom would have been the largest in the USA.
The buildings look like a coral reef and were designed to function brilliantly.

I especially loved how they did not add any theaters or venues, but rather partnered with the the Adrienne Arscht Center so that any performances would utilize that public space that has so much excess capacity.

Anonymous

To you this design is a “technological masterpiece” but to me, it’s cartoonish.

Anonymous

This caricature is ok for Las Vegas. Not for Miami and especially next of arch center and museum park.

Shawn Kouri

Genting better start construction on this resort before climate change takes a tole on Miami.

Anonymous

Totally agree. The coral reef design of the complex would have been so dynamic!