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
2 years ago

This spot needs apartments and a metromover station

Anonymous
2 years ago

and bike lanes

Anonymous
2 years ago

And a Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Anonymous
2 years ago

and a Chase bank, nail salon and Ceviche place

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

This spot should have hundreds of housing units on it.

Anonymous
2 years ago

*Thousands

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

millions

Gene
2 years ago

Low income and affordable.

Anonymous
2 years ago

section 8

Anonymous
2 years ago

Free for any who ask.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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)_/¯
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Yuven Tayclue
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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)_/¯
2 years ago

Yes IKEA please!!!

Gene
2 years ago

Costco!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

This spot needs a wafflehouse

Anonymous
2 years ago

YES!!!!!!

William
2 years ago

small number of voices steering the masses…

Anonymous
2 years ago

mixed use with offices would be great

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

How about a movie theater and a Trader Joes.

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Presidente or Sédanos will fit nicely.

Anonymous
2 years ago

LMAOOO

Anonymous
2 years ago

Versailles II — with cafecito window!

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

I meant Trader Joe’s

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Melo Super Basic Architecture doesn’t fit in Midtown.

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

Yeah Melo, build some more ugly towers!

Gene
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

Build a beautiful garage on this location

Ludo
2 years ago

BT’s Motown or Tooties 2 for sure

Praise to One Man
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

The renderings look better then Fartget!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

A Home Depot is needed right here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

How about a publix?

Anonymous
2 years ago

I rather have a Trader Joe’s.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Or Whole Foods

Anonymous
2 years ago

NO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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

Anonymous
2 years ago

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