An updated master plan has been released for Miami Worldcenter, which is scheduled to break ground by the end of 2014.
Plans for the first phase include about 1 million square feet of retail, of which 765,000 square feet will be built as part of the Mall at Miami Worldcenter. A 120,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s and a 195,000-square-foot Macy’s will anchor the mall.
The first phase will also include the largest convention hotel in the region, an 1,800 room Marriott with 600,000-square-feet of convention space. The 7th Street Promenade, a pedestrian street with outdoor cafes, restaurants and retail, will link the mall to the hotel. Developers are promising 4.5 acres of open space in total.
Miami Worldcenter Associates, led by principals Art Falcone and Nitin Motwani, is the master developer of the project. The Forbes Company and Taubman Centers, Inc. are developing the mall, while MDM Group is the convention hotel developer.
Boston’s Elkus Manfredi Architects serves as the project master planner. In a video, architect Howard Elkus said that Worldcenter’s parkscape and architectural expression were inspired by Iguazu Falls. Architects are emphasizing that the experience for the pedestrian at street level is of paramount importance.