Video: Beckham’s Plan For $1B ‘Miami Freedom Park’

David Beckham has launched a campaign to win approval to build a stadium and office complex on what is currently Miami’s biggest public park.

According to a newly released video, his proposed complex is to be called “Miami Freedom Park.”

It would be built at the 180-acre Melreese golf course. In total, 70 of 180 acres will be developed.

The proposal appears to be in flux, and has changed dramatically in just the past week. As of now it includes:

  • $1 billion in total cost
  • $20m donation to the city to build remaining acreage into a park
  • Beckham promises he will be paying fair market value to lease the park land
  • 400,000 square feet of leasable office space could be built (one of the largest office complexes in the county)
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and entertainment space
  • A golf entertainment facility
  • 750 hotel rooms
  • 25,000 seat stadium
  • 3,750 parking spaces, mostly underground
  • Will be a “tech hub,” which will generate a claimed 11,000 jobs in just three years and $40m tax revenue

Beckham will be visiting a Miami Commission meeting this week, and rallying fans there.

The goal is to get the development and lease agreement on the ballot this November. That will require a quick approval from Miami commissioners to approve the referendum, just days after they were first shown the plans.

 

 

 

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Anonymous

Stop calling a golf course Miami’s biggest park

Anonymous

They also need to stop pretending this will be a ‘tech hub.’ Office space at the end of a runway is the last place a tech company wants to locate. What a joke.

Anonymous

Amasón Tech & Sons, Reparamos lavadoras.

ILoveMiami

Lol!

Anonymous

Yeah, Miami biggest park that no one knew it existed until Beckham wants it. Give me a break. I saw them on TV this morning and I think the idea of letting the people decide in November is a great one. Let the people who care enough to go out and vote determine whether this project gets approved or not. If you are too lazy to vote than shut the hell up. I for one will be voting in 4 months and not just because of this Stadium.

Anonymous

I just hope this means that the name will be Miami Freedom and not Atletico Miami.

Anonymous

They are just using the soccer stadium as an excuse to build a suburban office park on public land.

Anonymous

Yes, this confirms my suspicions all along. This is just a real estate play with a stadium as a side-note.

Anonymous

Even so, don’t we all win? How long should we wait to get prime real estate for a stadium downtown?

Anonymous

They can buy their own real estate downtown. Plenty of empty lots in A&E and park west districts.

Anonymous

Plus the land next to Marlins Stadium where they once were going to buy– until it got too costly. With empty parking garages, this still might be the best site for a stadium. Maybe not so much for 400,000sf of office space.

Anonymous

Actually, could it be possible to build offices on top of the garages?

ILoveMiami

I think it’s better to build the offices on top of the garage, then build the stadium on top of the offices. That way, it will have a smaller foot print and we can keep that beautiful public park. Oh wait…it’s not a park. It’s an underused golf course. Sorry, I forgot.

Anonymous

so now beckham is a major developer?

suomynona

His ownership group is.

Anonymous

Actually the Mas family has zero experience in developing real estate. They own an infrastructure construction company. Marcelo Claure knows mobile phones/telecommunications.

Anonymous

And what do you know?? Internet hater

suomynona

DING DING DING

Anonymous

It was ALL public land at one point!

Anonymous

Where are the parking garages? Or are we supposed to park in front of the houses surrounding this project.

No.

Overtown is the better location, but with such a small parcel in an urban location, the Mas brothers aren’t gifted land to build themselves an office park. They should be INVESTING in Overtown and building a new tech hub that connects the world center, Miami central, and the stadium. Instead, they want to take public land out in the middle of nowhere and build an office park they profit off and attach a stadium to it.

Anonymous

how could it connect to world center then its over a mile away.

Anonymous

I think he means not a literal connection, but just having development that makes a continuous piece of urbanism from world center all the way to the stadium. Kind of a tech corridor that is anchored by stadiums on either end (AAA/Beckham)

Anonymous

what tech?

Anonymous

836 connects this site to overtown and the AAA. Gotcha!

Anonymous

It’s actually not that far. They could do a really cool “march to the stadium” from MWC to the Overtown stadium like they do in successful MLS cities.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

yea……no.

suomynona

WRONG.

MWC is less than a mile. Miami Central Station is about a half mile. It’s only 4 blocks from the Overtown stadium site to the Miami Central Publix. THINK ABOUT THAT.

It’s 1 block to the river, less than that to the Seybold canal. It’s 3 blocks from metro rail (5 blocks from a second metro rail station). Easier access via brightline. Closer to Brickell, the Beach and the Wynwood areas.

This Melreese proposal is all about putting office buildings on public green space. No “tech hub” is going to locate to that site over the previously proposed downtown site, especially if Miami pulls off a miracle and lands Amazon. I have zero interest in supporting this team if it’s located outside of the downtown core.

I’M VOTING NO if it’s on the ballot.

Anonymous

I feel exactly the same way.

Anonymous

This. I would buy season tickets in a heartbeat if it is at the Overtown location or near downtown. I will not be attending if it is at Melreese.

Anonymous

If you guys won’t attend games at this site, then you’re not real soccer fans.

Anonymous

Most people aren’t “real” soccer fans and even less people are “real” MLS fans. All professional sports are really just entertainment. An MLS stadium in an urban environment with a rowdy/buzzed crowd = entertaining. Having to get on the metrorail or suffering through traffic on the Dolphin to watch a soccer game in a suburban office park = not entertaining.

Anonymous

Who are you kidding? You will never get off the couch and shut your X Box to go to any game dude.

Anonymous

I will get season tickets either way but yes, I would prefer it to be in Overtown and not by the Airport.

Anonymous

And that is good for you. Whether you vote yes or no, get out and vote!

Anonymous

They’ve got the parking.

Anonymous

Why do you feel you can tell other people what they “should” do with their money? Why don’t YOU invest in overtown?

Anonymous

I’ve been trying to buy land in Miami for over two years now but am constantly out bid by rich folks like Mas who can drop millions of cash on speculation. He has the money, yet wants the Melreese land for next to nothing.

Anonymous

As long as I can take the Metro to the games, I am there!

Anonymous

Not that it matters, but aren’t they missing a few runways on the north side of MIA?

Anonymous

Photoshop fail lol

Anonymous

Confirms that all along this was a real estate play and nothing more.

Anonymous

And that is a problem because….

Anonymous

Because they could have purchased their own private land anywhere and built their office park there and not on public land. Maybe a golf course isn’t the best use of that public greenspace but an office park is worse.

Anonymous

How is it worse? There are already 34728973 golf courses in south florida?

Anonymous

Once you build the office park you will never get the green space back. As long as a golf course is there, the green space can be saved for the future.

Anonymous

Maybe it’s not worse, but there should be a public process where interested parties can bid for this land.

This is a huge amount of “undeveloped” land within the City and I’m sure that many developers could come up with a plan.

Doesn’t seem fair that one gets to say “I want this” and develop a plan without others having the same opportunity.

Anonymous

It’s undeveloped public greenspace. There are plenty of undeveloped or underdeveloped private lots close to the downtown core.

ILoveMiami

Yes, you are correct. Build your stadium there.

ILoveMiami

Did anyone ever put forward a plan to develop this “park” before? NO! Have any of you ever played golf there? NO? If they build a stadium and some offices, and no tech companies move in, so what? Someone else will rent out the space. BFD!

Anonymous

Did you not read the whole article on the Herald?? This proposal will be put up for a vote in November. If you are so concerned get out there and vote no. If you are too busy to vote you got no say on the matter.

Anonymous

It’s a great plan… turning a unused golf course for a few, into something for many.

Anonymous

Thank you! Finally the voice of reason.

Anonymous

I wish they included a walking and biking path from the metrorail station.

Anonymous

They will.

Anonymous

Not in the rendering.

Anonymous

yes it is look closer!

Anonymous

Should be elevated.

Anonymous

They likely won’t.

Anonymous

They included it in the rendering but I highly doubt they will add it or do anything to push for it being added. The walking path is clearly not mostly on their property and thus they won’t want to pay for it. This will NOT be a very transit friendly stadium. It’s obviously made easier to get to the stadium from the parking lot than the metro rail station.

Anonymous

Funny how some people desire a walking path and then read how people whine about the walking distance from the metrorail station to this proposed stadium.

ILoveMiami

Amen.

Anonymous

I hope so, but who knows how a bunch of drunks walking over a canal would end up as.

Anonymous

I wish they included its own Metrorail station and Orange Line extension down NW 37th Avenue to Douglas Road, you know like what originally was planned.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I really don’t see a reason not to get this built. Great development.

Anonymous

I guess UM doesn’t want to be involved here even tho this location is much better and on the terminus end of the orange line metro rail that has it’s own campus stop.

suomynona

That irrelevant program doesn’t have the money to spend on stadiums. They like free-loading off the Dolphins and then claiming to have played a role in the $400 million renovation of Seminole Hard Rock Stadium.

Anonymous

Great Project! Lets get this approved!

Anonymous

I’ll be voting no and yes I am a City of Miami resident.

Anonymous

Then you’ll continue paying for this place with your taxes.

Anonymous

I’d rather pay for the golf course than subsidize a suburban office park or be left holding the bag when Beckham decides to move his team to a better location or folds.

suomynona

Oh no! How horrible. I hate paying for green spaces, and schools, and the arts, etc!

Anonymous

Look, your tax dollars pay for the operation and maintenance of this golf course and if you want to play golf there, you have to pay a fee also to use it.

So how many times a year do you guys go there?

ILoveMiami

Zero. They never leave Brickell.

suomynona

I second that.

I am voting no as well.

Anonymous

I’ll vote yes, because Golf is not a sport.

Anonymous

The city can only benefit from a sports Complex like this one, I’m not sure why all the friction. The Proposal is reshaping an existing golf park that generates no revenue, for a sports complex that will can change Youth Development in a the city. It will still open to the public for many activities including golf!!

Anonymous

Some people like to see *smart* development, not any development at any cost.

Anonymous

“Smart development” is only an opinion.

Anonymous

Do you still put milk and cookies out for Santa Claus?

maimiFranky

What youth development did Joe Robby stadium accomplish.. any real stories out there , after several decades?

Anonymous

MLS teams are required to have a US Soccer Development academy. This academy will be for everyone.

Anonymous

The biggest problem I have with it is the lost opportunity. You are right that this is a relatively underutilized piece of public land… but there are SO many better places to put the stadium than here (Overtown being just one).

But that doesn’t bother Mas at all of course, because it was never about the stadium for him, that’s just window dressing for his real plan. Which was about securing a massive giveaway of public land for his own economic gain. Yes he’s paying for it, but not at market rate I’m willing to bet. And sure the city will receive tax revenue out of it. But they can probably receive more if they figured out a better use of the land. Or to open the bidding process to other developers (if they are in fact considering using it for other purposes).

I can’t say how much or even IF the city is getting screwed out of this because we’re not really given enough info on the whole thing. But from what I know of our history, I have a feeling the city is screwing itself.

Anonymous

What golf? They’re taking away the golf course. Virtual golf is not real golf.

Anonymous

I would like to see this get built, but is it just me or is 28k seating a tad small? 39-41k at minimum would be better I think, no?

Anonymous

Specially if World Cup games will be held in Miami during the 2026 World Cup

Anonymous

world cup games will only be played at Hard Rock Stadium. 30k is about the average size of a typical MLS stadium.

suomynona

LOLZ they aren’t playing WC games at Beckham’s stadium. Period. It’s Miami Gardens or bust for that.

Anonymous

I hope UM chimes in and pushes this to 40-50k seating and bigger games moved to Hard Rock

suomynona

LOLZ UMiami ain’t paying for nothing. How much did they put towards the Seminole Hard Rock Stadium renovations?

Paul

28k would make it the largest capacity soccer-specific stadium in the US. Current largest is LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center at 27k.

suomynona

40k seems WAY too big.

Anonymous

I have played here many times, is great course, but only in the winter time

Anonymous

Great place for MIA transit passengers. They should build a hotel there too.

Anonymous

If he really wants a futbol team in Miami, I believe the Overtown location is much more attractive.

Anonymous

Nothing to say about this as I’d be speculating. I’d be wasting my time.
Who knows if we’ll ever get anywhere with the Beckham/Mas group.

Anonymous

No brainer.. Win-Win.. great location for stadium and soccer academy fields.

Anonymous

Sure build the soccer academy but build the offices and stadium elsewhere.

suomynona

Build the academy in Doral, not on public green space.

Build the stadium in Overtown. Build offices and retail/entertainment in the downtown area near the downtown stadium.

That’s the smart plan. That’s the RIGHT plan. Don’t try to swindle the city with your private real estate development ambitions.

Anonymous

The Juventus Academy is in the center of Brickell at the Soccer Cage. Even the MLS academy could be in an urban location and not on a golf course/in Doral.

Suomynona

Easier to build it in Doral was my only point.

Hesus

True, the Melreese is not Miami´s biggest park, it´s a private golf club in public land.

Anonymous

That park is just going to become a camping ground for heroin addicts.

Anonymous

If that’s the case I’m sure we will see you there

Anonymous

Heck yeah. It’s much more entertaining to watch drug addicts shoot up than it is to watch a MLS match.

Anonymous

Coral Gables Heroin addits

Anonymous

Don’t get greedy people. Be grateful that Beckham is still willing to keep his soccer team in Miami. Beckham definitely wanted the stadium in downtown Miami initially but the city leaders didn’t have the vision and determination to make that happen. Beckham has been patient now for many years. And the Mas brothers is your city’s equivalent of Amazon. 11,000 jobs, are you kidding me? That is a beautiful thing. Did you forget that it takes money to make money? They are investing their money to yes make more money for themselves but also they are creating job opportunities for Miami residents of all social status. Construction jobs, stadium jobs, restaurant and retail jobs, park jobs, and high tech jobs. Everyone that wants to work in this environment will make money. Never turn down business people that have proven to be very successful. And in this case you also have a very successful sports legend that could have picked any other city in America that wants a soccer team. This will become a great park that more Miami residents can enjoy besides the golfers. Do you realize that golf courses are closing down every single week all across America? And… Read more »

Anonymous

Hey Jose Mas, how are you?

Anonymous

(Sent from the computers of Mas Tech)

Anonymous

Where’s the punch bowl? I’m thirsty and need the kool-aid you’re having.

Anonymous

Leave the Golf Course alone, build the stadium in the former Little Farm Trailer Park lot in El Portal (Upper East Side)

Anonymous

Why? People live there.

Anonymous

Why not build this on private land to the north? There are plenty of vacant lots that don’t require the city to give away land.

Anonymous

The city is giving away unproductive land to build a project that would help revitalize NW Lejune Avenue.

Anonymous

This is a massive give-away to a group of racist fools. The city should not be in the business of selling off assets to billionaires who can afford to put this on private land.

suomynona

Hear, hear.

Anonymous

This land will not be “given” away, the Beckham group are trying to purchase said land from the city.

Anonymous

lease

Anonymous

ARE YOU HIGH?!