Vote On Miami Freedom Park Scheduled For This Week

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is reportedly planning a commission meeting this week on the Miami Freedom Park project.

The meeting is scheduled for on March 10 at 2:30 PM. As of today (March 8), the city still hasn’t published the agenda, terms, or proposed legislation.

If commissioners do approve, the property will be turned over in a no-bid deal (without allowing competing bids from other developers).

Here are some of the issues still to be addressed:

  • Why not publicly publish the terms of the deal prior to the commission meeting?
  • The developers are proposing to pay just $3.57 million in rent (plus a small revenue percentage) with strict caps on increases, on a property said to be valued at $200-$250 million. In addition, Miami property values have increased significantly since it was last appraised in 2018, so is it enough?
  • City law requires parkland to be replaced. How will this be accomplished?
  • Will the Federal Aviation Administration and Miami-Dade County approve a soccer stadium next to the airport, and if not will the developers still end up keeping the land?
  • Why build a development that will likely create significant traffic next to the airport, which is already heavily congested?

Here is a link to a website by the developers who are promoting the project.

 

 

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Anonymous
2 months ago

Overtown is where it should be located. Fans can arrive though the Brightline or metro rail. With all the changes coming to Overtown and the space surrounding the original land there, it is a perfect opportunity for not only the team owners to make their money but also have other investors create bars, restaurants and retail and the blocks around it. The whole area would blocks away from the future Wharf as well as all the other development along the river. Leave the lot by the airport as golf course or even turn it into a park but no need for it to be rented out for less than 4mil.

Anonymous
2 months ago

There you go, being all logical and stuff. That’s not how we do it here.

Original
2 months ago

“Leave the lot by the airport as golf course or even turn it into a park”

Um. a “golf course” is a PARK!

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

This may not be convenient for people in Downtown, but it will hekp the area and be more useful than a golf course

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

help*

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

the overtown site is next to a bridge that generates alot of traffic when it goes up. Also both proposed sites are the same distance from a metrorail station.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Expect one site is a government hand out.

Azarius
2 months ago

This is the BIGGEST CONCERN with the location. That bridge is small and backs up all the way to SW 7 and 8street sometimes when it’s up smfh

Anonymous
2 months ago

How many new restaurants, bars, and retail outlets did the Marlins park help create? Asking for a county commissioner.

Lechozo
2 months ago

many houses renting their driveway for parking on game day!

Anonymous
2 months ago

That’d be far too sensible

Anonymous
2 months ago

DO NOT APPROVE!!!!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

I mean this is still connected to the metrorail and trirail. Plus I read that brightline is trying to get access to the Miami airport station

Anonymous
2 months ago

So this is totally a corrupt deal at the taxpayer’s expense, but turn a giant valuable piece of land into a giant park? LOL…

Anonymous
2 months ago

Not that my opinion matters, but I would totally be in favor of that. Miami needs more urban green spaces like Ferre and Bayfront Park.

Not Anonymous
2 months ago

yeah, not more empty golf courses.

Drac
2 months ago

But, that golf course is nothing but an empty park already…

Anonymous
2 months ago

No restaurants will open BECAUSE a soccer (or any) stadium is built.
It didnt happen around Joe Robbie Stadium, it didnt happen the old Miami Heat/Florida Panthers Atena, it didnt happen at the Florida Marlins Park.

If stadiums are built IN an active neighborhood, if different stadiums are clustered together (the one thing that Detroit has gotten right in the last 50 years), or if stadiums are built on the edge of a vibrant neighborhood, then additional development will take place.

Anonymous
2 months ago

YESS Overtown!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Not that my Vite matters but i say NO. Put in Overtown spot where it belongs. Closer to downtown, urban core..not off of dolphin next to the airport surrounded by single family residential 😬

Anonymous
2 months ago

*vote 😑 lol

Anonymous
2 months ago

what’s it matter, they will have like 45 fans attend games…… remember how Cubans were supposedly gonna attend Marlins games in droves….

Anonymous
2 months ago

Completely agree, so the smaller the government hands out the better. This is a shit deal for the city/citizens so they should use the land they have in overtown.

Anonymous
2 months ago

That rendering looks like something from the 70s.. Lets hope that’s not the real one.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Solution: upzone the single family lol

Anonymous
2 months ago

The Overtown site isn’t close to single-family homes (Spring Garden)? At least on this site, the setback will buffer any noise, or rather the noise is already drowned out from aircraft.

Anoymous
2 months ago

I’d guess 90% the stadium never gets built and Mas gets his cheap land for his office park on the public’s dime.

Lechozo
2 months ago

and the retail spaces, so tourist can get their last minute shopping.

Anonymous
2 months ago

By March 10 at 2:30 PM the decision would already have been made in favor of the developers of Course. We might as well Call this “Marlin Park II”, this deal is so sweet that even I can afford the 3.5M lease….
If City Attorneys are advising against it!!! I would listen….

this is 1% Stadium and 99% Hotel, Retail, ETC…A developers Dream!!!

Anonymous
2 months ago

Looks like more backdoor deals and kickbacks for Miami’s “tech mayor” lol, corruption at its finest

Laz
2 months ago

Politics and money.

???
2 months ago

Am I the only one that notice this cheap ass stadium in this version of renders? What happened to the renders of the other stadium? This project looks to be dumb down to something cheap! I sure hope these are old renders!

Anonymous
2 months ago

In Overtown that whole intersection going to be a horrible. Especially getting off from the bridge, 8th Av, 4th St and S River Dr it’s not a big road when you getting off from 7th Av.

Brooklyn
2 months ago

I want a soccer stadium built here. I truly do. But why does this need to be a real estate deal too? The City of Miami should benefit in the ownership of the future commercial buildings that are being proposed here. Time to negotiate tough…the Mas family can afford it.

Rem
2 months ago

Given that it’s not in line with any runways, I’m not sure how a relatively low-profile stadium would interfere with the airport.

Either way, as a Fort Lauderdale resident, it’ll be much more of a hassle to go to Inter Miami games if/when they move down there vs. their current “temporary” home at Lockhart.

Ulrich
2 months ago

I am afraid I will miss a lot of planes considering the traffic this will cause.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Put it on top to the ugly FPL station next to the river. Walking distance from Downtown and Brickell. Next to the Metro Rail and I95 exit.

Anonymous
2 months ago

The design changed…..Bring back the old design or no stadium or park. Really cheap redemption. after all the advantages from city land and affordability of anaula rent ect they decide to cheapen the design…come on mast brothers and beck.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Extend Metrorail from Miami Airport to Douglas Road Station.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Don’t bet on it, that would make wayyy too much sense to ever happen.

Anonymous
2 months ago

Good location.
Bad deal for the City of Miami.

chupacabra
2 months ago

this is a bad deal for the city..the rent is way too low and how long before the soccer club claims they arent making enough revenue(miami heat arena) and cant pay the extra amount??? also which commissioners will get kickbacks from the construction company in charge of this development which will inevitably “incur cost overruns” -remember our sparsely attended marlins stadium went way over budget…building next to mass transit wont matter because the euros that beckham and crew want to market to live on the beach and maybe around brickell wont ride that to parts west in our baDLY designed city….

BDC
2 months ago

swallow

Original
2 months ago

I can just imagine ULTRA at this site right now. It’s perfect!

I told you so
2 months ago

This whole thing was a land grab from day one and I been shouting about it to no avail.

Anonymous
2 months ago

only reason I’d support this is if they extended the orange line to the stadium directly. Paid by the stadium. Else put it in overtown with NO PARKING

Anonymous
2 months ago

i dont think the area is congested at all, local traffic and airport traffic have been separated with the road improvements. that whole area there needs vitality more hotels more condos parks and office space.

Melo is sigma and chad
2 months ago

Just start it already