Walmart Demolishes The Foundation Of Their Midtown Miami Store, Three Years After It Was Built

Crews have demolished the foundation of what was once planned to become a Walmart superstore in Midtown Miami.

In early 2014, Walmart closed on the purchase of the property at 3055 N. Miami Ave, after submitting plans to build a store.

Walmart’s Midtown Miami store would have been three stories, with retail and liner retail on the ground floor, and two levels of parking on the second and third floors.

Although the store was approved by Miami’s Planning & Zoning Department, the city wouldn’t issue construction permits. A phased permit for the foundation was issued in 2016, but it was later revoked and Walmart halted work.

Some of the land that the store was proposed on is controlled by the Midtown Miami Community Development District and Midtown Opportunities, which owns land throughout Midtown. The two would have needed to have signed a unity of title in order for a construction permit to be issued by Miami’s building department.

In February, demolition began at the site after the skeletal remains of the foundation sat in place for three years with no activity.

NYSE-listed Site Centers Corp. (formerly DDR Corp. and Developers Diversified Realty, Inc.) has the right of first refusal to repurchase the land if Walmart does decide to sell. The company owns The Shops at Midtown Miami and sold the property to Walmart.

The site last week:

The site in April 2018:

Demolition in February 2019:

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Anonymous
1 year ago

This spot needs apartments and a metromover station

Anonymous
1 year ago

and bike lanes

Anonymous
1 year ago

And a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Anonymous
1 year ago

and a Chase bank, nail salon and Ceviche place

Anonymous
1 year ago

New nail salon going into midtown as we speak. Hooters would be good

Anonymous
1 year ago

And Starbucks, one at each corner. CVS and Walgreens, of course.

Anonymous
1 year ago

More Apartments like Midtown 8 and 5 would fit great on that lot.

Anonymous
1 year ago

This spot should have hundreds of housing units on it.

Anonymous
1 year ago

*Thousands

Anonymous
1 year ago

At first, I was going to say “thousands” but I kinda felt thumbs down votes would’ve probably rained down on me for that… but, you’re right.

Anonymous
1 year ago

millions

Gene
1 year ago

Low income and affordable.

Anonymous
1 year ago

section 8

Anonymous
1 year ago

Free for any who ask.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Good riddance…the nearby Target is more than enough to serve the community no need to duplicate efforts

Anonymous
1 year ago

What Community? MIDTOWN and EDGEWATER CONDO owners that moves in the last decade right? Cause I am certain not those in Little Haiti or Wyndwood? Target is a bit above the price point.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Target is expensive? I’m poor AF and still love Target.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I hate the fact theirs a target in midtown…. makes the area trashy

Yuven Tayclue
1 year ago

What makes the area trashy is all the peasants with money!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Before the IKEA was built by the turnpike out west I thought this would be the perfect spot. There are so many small apartment buildings on the beach and in central Miami, it would have been a perfect fit, because that’s their niche. Could always build residential on top of any retail like a lot of Midtown already does. Just hope it doesn’t sit empty for years on end now.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Yes IKEA please!!!

Gene
1 year ago

Costco!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Wawa gas station!!! !!! !!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

This spot needs a wafflehouse

Anonymous
1 year ago

YES!!!!!!

William
1 year ago

small number of voices steering the masses…

Anonymous
1 year ago

mixed use with offices would be great

Anonymous
1 year ago

They should just make this lot a nice shade park and call it a day, and a service to the area.

Anonymous
1 year ago

And then all we’ll hear is “park people” like you complaining about homeless people sleeping there.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Walmart would have been great there, now we have these dumbasses shouting for a trader joes like they are that good.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Trader Joe’s would be awesome. They are such a different mindset than normal grocery stores. I don’t need 50 brands of cereal, each spending 50-percent of their markup on advertising. Trader Joe’s has good and healthy products at very reasonable prices. And their produce is way better than any Publix I’ve ever been to.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How about a movie theater and a Trader Joes.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Good riddance. Walmart can sell the site and open five new stores in Doral with the money.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Presidente or Sédanos will fit nicely.

Anonymous
1 year ago

LMAOOO

Anonymous
1 year ago

Versailles II — with cafecito window!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Why is there not a single LA fitness in Downtown, Park West, Edgewater, Wynwood, Midtown, Southbeach, Upper East Side with a million people?

Anonymous
1 year ago

Call up the LA Fitness organization and ask them. This forum is about new and future developments.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Target good, walmart bad. Even though their both similar and both hurt local stores.

Anonymous
1 year ago

No Walmart actually hurts local businesses and Target is already there and businesses around it are thriving.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Walmart wanted to open a Megastore in an area where people desperately want Traders Joe.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I meant Trader Joe’s

Anonymous
1 year ago

What ever doesn’t help hurts (opportunity cost), so if Walmart doesn’t hurt local businesses you are claiming it helps. Please expand how Walmart helps

Anonymous
1 year ago

Forget the Walmart. We need a place where we can buy avocado toast. Hipsters gotta eat *somewhere*.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Melo should just build a few towers on the land!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

NThis deserves higher quality units and better architecture. No shade on melo, this just isn’t their product type.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Melo Super Basic Architecture doesn’t fit in Midtown.

Anonymous
1 year ago

I don’t think Midtown 5, 6, 7, or 8 are going to win any design awards.. plus it’s kind of expensive to live in these buildings.

POLO
1 year ago

Yeah Melo, build some more ugly towers!

Gene
1 year ago

How about a spot for ULTRA!!!!! Yes.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Build a beautiful garage on this location

Ludo
1 year ago

BT’s Motown or Tooties 2 for sure

Praise to One Man
1 year ago

Grant Stern stopped the Walmart. One man who actually read the Midtown Master Plan and who was persistent fighting corruption at the City of Miami. By the way, the height limit is 5 stories UNLESS a speculator approves going higher.

Credit is due
1 year ago

Grant Stern deserves credit for stopping the illegal construction based on
lobbyists getting illegal zoning approvals.

Anonymous
1 year ago

The renderings look better then Fartget!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
1 year ago

Can we get an IKEA? That would be swell!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

That ship has already sailed. They built a store out west.

Anonymous
1 year ago

A Home Depot is needed right here.

Anonymous
1 year ago

How about a publix?

Anonymous
1 year ago

I rather have a Trader Joe’s.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Or Whole Foods

Anonymous
1 year ago

NO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Double triple NO Publix!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Good news! Walmart does not fit there. A nice park would be great, but that is impossible since that land is a big opportunity for a development. I would suggest A whole Foods with residential units above, just like downtown Miami.

Anonymous
1 year ago

no whole foods!! wE JUsT WhAT a TrADER jOE’s

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are you serious? can’t compare TJ with WF! come on…

Anonymous
1 year ago

Whole Foods? Can Amazon just build a brick-and-mortar Amazon Superstore there?