Worldcenter Finalized Street Closure Days Before Cancelling Mall Plans

Miami Worldcenter finalized a deal with the City of Miami to close Northeast Seventh Street just days before announcing that they were cancelling plans to build a mall.

Nitin Motwani, a vice president of the developer, signed the paperwork on December 22, and the documents were recorded last week. Worldcenter announced that they were cancelling the mall on January 11.

A portion of the mall, including a Bloomingdale’s, would have been built on the area where the street is currently located. Worldcenter now claims to be exploring building “high street” retail.

Worldcenter was required to post a bond for $661,383 for construction. They also agreed to a 50-foot pedestrian easement.

 

this bloomingdale’s was to have been built on the land currently occupied by northwest seventh street:

plans for the luma rental tower on that block:

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Anonymous
5 years ago

High Street Retail, Office Spaces (Boutique or Towers), and plenty of greenery. I think that they are very smart and knew for a while that they were going to scrap the enclosed mall. Probably wanted to get the street closure finalized. If they mix a Lincoln Road – Design District – Soho in NYC – style and bring in tenants like Zara, H&M, John Varvatos, apple, etc. with a non generic feel I predict that this will be the urban hot spot.

marc
5 years ago

It has the best location for the concept. Now all we need is the Hotel/Convention Center getting started.

Oscar
5 years ago

I really really hope this happens. That would be perfect. Considering this development’s history, though, I’m skeptical.

Anonymous
5 years ago

add more office space!!!

Anonymous
5 years ago

Worst idea ever! Let’s work on something for a decade, convince everyone it’s happening with pretty renderings, then bait and switch the entire concept, wait for the market to cool and then be forced to sell the land to real developers like Swire (who by the way built a larger project in just 2 years). High Street Retail?! Give me a break, no retailer in their right mind will pick to open a location there over Design District or City Center. They are a day late and a whole lotta dollars short.

Rick
5 years ago

Better late then having nothing at all. Sometimes shit has to happen to end up with the best concept and glad it did. Downtown Miami will have it’s own Soho style go to place. I like it better than just another enclosed mall. I live in the burbs right near to a mall. So when I visit my sister in downtown (via metro rail ) we will walk to MWC for some lunch and shopping. She will appreciate the resemblance to the Soho style since she used to live and worked in NYC.

Raid
5 years ago

There is s lot going on in this area, bayside, thr park, the museums, the opera, the bay, the train station….the developer is truly sitting in a perfect location to make the retail component a huge success if they do it right. And the retail should generate a lot more development to the area. So to me, the retail aspect should be designed first and the housing and all other components come to play ones the retail idea is finally structured and well conceptualized. I expect a lot of changes to this project.

Anonymous
5 years ago

So is this happening or what?

No more Mall at WorldCenter?!