Walmart Reaches New Agreement In Midtown Miami Which Could Allow For Development

Walmart has reached a new agreement in Midtown Miami that could allow for construction, five years after the retailer purchased property there.

The agreements could allow for either Walmart or potentially another developer to build on the property.

In August, two separate agreements between Walmart and Shops at Midtown Miami owner DDR were recorded. DDR sold Walmart the development site for their new store with deed restrictions.

Walmart agreed to build enough parking to meet the needs of their new development, and not rely on DDR’s other Midtown Miami parking spaces.

In exchange, DDR agreed that the Midtown Miami master construction documents could be modified. The Midtown Miami Community Development District must also approve, and a CDD Board meeting on the matter was scheduled for September 13.

DDR also relinquished their right of first refusal to repurchase the Walmart property, in an agreement filed separately.

Walmart purchased the Midtown property to build a store there, but there are narrow strips of land on each side they don’t control that separate the land from major streets. Consent from owners on both sides are needed for construction. On one side a strip is owned by the Midtown Miami Community Development District and, the other is owned by landowner Midtown Opportunities.

Miami’s Building Department refused to issue a construction permit without the two parties signing a Unity of Title agreement, and work on the new store was halted in 2016.

 

Amended agreement Between DDR and Walmart:

DDR no longer has right of first refusal to repurchase Walmart land:

updated midtown construction agreement, set for cdd board hearing september 13:

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Not Gene

Quick, someone call Grant Stern.

William

I’m sure he’s already at the courthouse filing. Funniest comment yet!

Anonymous

No need to, I am sure he reads this blog and will be heading to the courthouse right after he loads up with KFC.

statue time

Grant deserves a statue.

Anonymous

Agreed! Holding a drumstick in his pudgy little hand.

Congrats to Grant!

You have to admit, Grant Stern won. Walmart is NOT building a monster Walmart on the Midtown site. Right?

Anonymous

First of all, Walmart never wanted to build a monster store. In fact it was supposed to be a smaller version that would fit with the current stores in Midtown. Second of all, Walmart still owns the land and nothing has been built on it. So I think the jury is still out on who won. I would be much happier if they sold it to IKEA, in the end I just want Big Box stores to come to Miami. That is it.

SuperWalmartDies

Walmart planned a Super Walmart on that site. 200,000+ sq ft. It was ugly AND it violated a million laws. Think Craig Robins wanted a Walmart between 29th Street and 31st Streets?

Anonymous

Downtown Miami needs an area where we can have Big Box stores. The same way people in the suburbs and Broward have, and that area is Midtown. I was all for Target and Ross, and I will be equally for IKEA, Brandsmart, Costco, Sam’s, Total Wine and Walmart. It will be a big improvement over the empty warehouses filled with graffiti that we have now. Extend the Metromover to Midtown and the beach bringing customers from all areas. This it not rocket science, just make it happen!

Anonymous

You are getting one near the Hospitals. Plenty close. And it has a 2000 car parking garage for all you parking fetishers

Anonymous

Getting one… what? And what Hospitals?

Anon

But…this isn’t downtown. Now if you want to see a big box store downtown, put it where the old arena used to be. Obviously that world center Marriott isn’t getting built. Nice footprint for a Costco or Walmart and would provide affordable retail to everyone.

Anonymous

Real Estate prices in Downtown proper are too high but Wynwood and Midtown are still in play.

Anonymous

HELL NO!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

you mention target,Ross,IKEA,walmart,Costco,Sam’s but don’t mention Navarro,Sedanos and Presidente.That’s what we need in Downtown miami, sedanos navarro and presidente

Anonymous

Fine, bring them too. Again an improvement over the empty warehouses with graffiti that we have now. But all of this has to be combined with an expansion of the Metromover

Anonymous

HELL NO!!!!

Nobody

Not sure what part of the city you live in but, Where I live we have too many of them already! NO mas Sedano’s Navarro and, El Presidente!

Anonymous

You’re leaving out Hialeah’s institution, “Ñoooo que barato”

Anonymous

Pro-Welfaremart and pro-expanding Metromover when a railroad exits steps away. Two stupid comments in one!

Anonymous

Go away Troll

No Big Box Stores

You realize Big Box Stores need 10 to 15 acre sites? Where can you find 10 acres of vacant land?

Anonymous

Allapattah! Blocks of empty warehouses and deteriorating ones.

Anonymous

Hate Walmart but guess what–I would rather pay a $1.30 vs $2.30 at Publix for a can of soup.

Anonymous

Publix is so out of line. They’re so over rated. I rather shop at Whole Foods for the same price and better quality and customer service

Anonymous

I work as a cook and shop for the small mom and pop restaurant I work for. Here is the order based on price. 1. Wallmart 2.Publix 3. Whole Foods

Anonymous

If you live anywhere nearby you can afford Publix. 😉

Anonymous

Hallelujah

Anonymous

Al fin

Anonymous

OMG! About time Midtown.

Anonymous

No

Anonymous

YES!

Anonymous

What’s the hold up Walmart, finally build your store keeping the same design, master plan required by Midtown.

It was illegal, dude.

Everything about Walmart’s application was illegal. The approval involved corruption at many levels. The application violated the Midtown Master Plan etc etc. Thanks to Grant Stern and Sam Dubin and several attorneys working under the radar Walmart finally saw the light. Read the press release. Walmart is selling the site.

Walmart ignores laws

Walmart does not do legal. Check out the investigation of Walmarts in Mexico. NY Times and many other groups investigated the corruption.

Anonymous

Walmart is selling the land and it will be developed like the rest of midtown, no need to stress

Anonymous

Amazing how that “little” detail was presented. The land will be rezoned for towers and sold by Walmart.

Anonymous

I’m fine with Target, Walmart prices are not a big difference. I wish they would bring more retail such as Macy’s, since they closed the one in Downtown Miami. I live in Downtown and do miss the Macy’s, even though the selection wasn’t all that, but it helped to be able to walk in and buy a gift, make-up, perfume etc… Lets see what finally comes to Miami Worldcenter.

Shawn Kouri

Will this finally be built?

Ugly high rise next

No. Walmart was illegal. Some other ugly high rise will probably take over.

Praise Grant Stern

Grant Stern is to be praised for preventing Walmart from ruining Midtown Miami. Grant spent 7-8 years keeping Walmart from building.

Anonymous

>Walmart agreed to build enough parking to meet the needs of their new development, and not rely on DDR’s other Midtown Miami parking spaces.

Sad that the main sticking point is parking!

Walmart would kill trees

There were numerous reasons why Walmart’s application sucked. Walmart wanted to kill 31+ mature trees on NE 31st Street. Walmart wanted to convert a cute tree lined two way street (31st Street) into three lanes full of 18 wheelers and pick-up trucks from Hialeah.

Boca DelVista

Looks good for Boca Raton, not Miami.

Cosmo

Serenity now!

Lloyd Braun

Insanity later.

Anonymous

Is the parcel of land being discussed the area between NE 29th and NE 31st? I recently moved to the area and not familar with the backstory.

What was there before? Seemed like for awhile it was a bunch of random holes dug in the ground

Sorry didn’t read through all the scanned documents…

Anonymous

It was empty lot and then walmaer started foundation work and then stopped because their permit was pulled.

Anonymous

Thank you

Illegal work

Walmart started doing foundation work based on an illegal permit. Once the City Attorney was informed the City stopped work.

Walmart Denied!

Futile? Is Walmart building a Walmart SuperCenter on that site?

No Walmart in Midtown.

Nope. Walmart is leaving with its tail between its proverbial legs.

Anonymous

Bye bye Publix

No to Walmart hange

Grant prevented Walmart from building. Success!

Anonymous

what would be better than walmart here?

Anonymous

almost literally anything

Anonymous

Public park would be nice!

Anonymous

A grammar school to teach capitalization, sentence structure, and how to properly use the word “literally” in a sentance.

Anonymous

a landfill, for one…

Anonymous

That’s a very easy question.
An Alpaca farm, a park with a cafe con leche fountain in the middle, a tree story halfway house, a portion of Trump’s wall, a fake trees forest, a gigantic dogs park, a guacamole swimming pool, etc.

Anonymous

A nuclear plant

Anonymous

Whole foods. Walmart out of MT please.

Anonymous

Downtown has your whole foods

Anonymous

Doral has your Walmart.

Anonymous

No more Bezos the bozo.

Anonymous

This walmart will close down the target and leave alot of retail space empty in the area.

Anonymous

Doubt it.

Anonymous

it will

Anonymous

Miami Lakes has a Walmart and Target next to each other. They’ve been there for decades.

Anonymous

this isn’t the suburbs

Anonymous

I’ll still go to the Target.

Random Idiot

Target has its customer base and Walmart has theirs.

Anonymous

Keep Walmart away! Infill midtown with more mixed-use and residential!!!

Anonymous

i agree

Anonymous

There goes the neighborhood!

Anonymous

Can you please be more obviously racist next time? Thanks.

Anonymous

lmao you leftist just say that word for everything, how is that comment racist ? i’m black and live in the area and dont want it either.

just a dude

It’s not “racist” it’s “classist”… very different >> ppl always get the two confused! BIG DIFFERENCE!

Anonymous

i’m the one that wrote the comment. i’m from the LEFT.

Anonymous

what’s racist about not wanting a store that put little guys out of business????

I wish these comments had peoples faces attached to this to see you idiotic face.

Anonymous

do it. I have more faith in Walmart than I do Target or Publix embracing that grab and go customer experience.

Anonymous

The muggers are gonna grab and go with your wallet in that neighborhood.

Anonymous

So muggers are synonymous with Walmart?

Anonymous

yes

Anonymous

Yes. Walmart concept does not fit there. Not good for that area. Whole foods will fit perfectly there with a high rise on top, like the one in Down Town LA.

Anonymous

Or like the one in downtown Miami

Anonymous

Run a demographic and purchase power report for 5 minute walk and drive times of 1mi and 3mi. Midtown has thousands of customers to the West NW, SW and probably a lot to the East too.

Anonymous

Every one of those directions has “West” in them, so makes better sense to have it west of I-95?

Anonymous

have any of you been to Walmart before? I was just in a newer store in the Orlando area this weekend and was really impressed. I think it will do well here.

Anonymous

Not any more than those who stalk tourists in wynwood or the LGBTQ community walking up and punching them for no reason

Anonymous

Another racist comment. Imagine that now.

BigCityLover

If you read the original plan for the *type* of Walmart to be built; it was one of it’s Niche/Boutique-style stores. Not the “People of Walmart” style the size of 4 football fields. To function properly and maximize profits per square-foot & per shelf-inch, the store has to work with the local demographic. They have done this well in many other markets similar to MT. Also, the retail giant has built a fantastic app/online order system that far exceeds anything that the other big-box stores have. And that is VERY Midtown! If Midtown is to be the “urban oasis” that it was proposed to be, just like in Midtown Manhattan, you need ALL different types of retail opportunities and price points to succeed. And, unlike NYC, that includes parking! I know the nay-sayers say that’s a horrible thing… but unless Miami-Dade Transit can build out the Metromover network in the 24-months that it will take to build this… (They’ve done 30-years of “studies”–the city is not the same city anymore–now the SMART plan is having re-studies made, give it up… cars are here for the next 20-years at minimum!) Or Climate Change is reversed and you won’t be drenched in… Read more »

A failure

Walmart’s application violated a dozen laws. Walmart applied to kill mature trees. Walmart needed to bring in 18 wheelers 24/7. Walmart would have blank walls facing 3 sides. Walmart usually goes on 12 acre sites, this site is only 4.5 acres. What a dog.

Anonymous

Just be clear this Walmart was planned to be a super walmart with 185,000 SF, larger than most Walmarts

Walmart is quitting

Target is already built. Been there for 8-10 years. Walmart is going away. Walmart will go destroy someones elses neighborhood.

Target is open

Target has been open in Midtown for years. Walmart just has a vacant lot with a bunch of rebar and concrete buried under the grass.

Anonymous

I just moved into yard 8 which is next to this lot looks like I’m not renewing my lease.

Anonymous

Bye Bye

Anonymous

You can get a nice futon at Walmart since you won’t have much money left after your bills

Anonymous

How do you like that Yard 8? How high up do you have to be to see biscayne bay?

Anonymous

At least the 14th floor which I happen to stay on but for the same floor the units facing biscayne bay are an extra $100.

Anonymous

Please leave! Us native Miamians don’t really want your kind here.

Anonymous

I was raised in Miami and of course you “don’t really want your kind here” because i’m black and y’all hate us el negros.