Worldcenter Readies For Late 2014 Groundbreaking With Updated Master Plan

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.

 

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miami1
7 years ago

Looks like they changed the design for the Marriot World Center. You can see it in the first and third renderings. Now is curved like Paramount Bay, looks nice still.

Anonymous
7 years ago

What’s the stuff near the Marriott building, that isn’t there, and isn’t part of World Center? Looks like some office buildings, but I hadn’t heard anything about those…

Oscar
7 years ago

I know it’s early, but is there any word on when phase 1 will open?

rolmas
7 years ago

So far this looks great. The sooner the better!

Jose
7 years ago

Wow the Terramark datacenter will surrounded where are people going to park now.

marc
7 years ago

Where do they park now? I’d assume that they would have a parking arrangement with mwc.

Jose
7 years ago

Empty lot north of the building. I guess they were leasing the land for their visitor parking. Problem is that Terremark doesn’t/shouldn’t allow parking inside their facility. Going to be interesting what their strategy will be. Luckily I live and have office in brickell so I’ll take the metro mover if anything.

gregory
7 years ago

This project will finally turn that area of Park West/Downtown into something more pleasurable to walk through.

Daniel
7 years ago

Hopefully by adding this, Brickell City Center, and SkyRise Miami, Miami will be one of the top cities in the entire world.

Seth
7 years ago

Brickell City Centre, yes. SkyRise Miami, probably not. Both will affect the physical look of the city, but economically and land usage wise, SkyRise Miami will only be eye candy (depending on if you’re in favor of the project or not)

Daniel
7 years ago

I think it will affect the growth of the city, not only being a major landmark for the skyline, but strengthening the economic core of the downtown area majorly. Hopefully as planned, it will attract approximately 3 million visitors annually and create many jobs in not only the the years of running, but the construction process. Some great pieces are adding up to make this because a huge city. Hopefully we can grow the inner-downtown population drastically.

Afi K. James
7 years ago

Can’t wait for this, with AAF aka all aboard florida coming as well, this is a great time.

Chris M
7 years ago

You know what would be cool, if that building with the balls on top could luminate them with colors that change, like Miami tower.

Johny
7 years ago

I love how in the first picture Marina Blue and 900 Biscayne are parking lots.

Anonymous
7 years ago

i hope this is built zoo also the vacant lots on biscayne this is what major cites are all about in the picture it with the vacant lots it looks like the parking lots to suburban mall. i understand the in oder to see the artist concept rendering it was important to show unobstructed views of the complex. my hope is that with this development and the new grand central train station it will reenergize the historic part of the central business district into a vibrant area with more residential and shopping as an empty macys building could rely set that area back even with the planned street improvements

Kesley
7 years ago

Is it just me or do some of the buildings look completely different in the renderings?
Didn’r the building on the left bottom corner have some type of angular zig zag design?

Rachel
7 years ago

What about parking? Where are the garages?

michael franck
7 years ago

It seems to me like this is going to be another mall and accentuates developers are keyed on luxury developments and furthering the gap between the rich and the poor in the city.It’s comical to here these guys say that they are creating jobs, hospitality and low wage jobs? We always seem to ask ourselves why the median income in the Miami area are so low….

global reach
7 years ago

A further gap between rich and poor ? So we should just say go home rich people and let all the residents be poor ? Thats according to your moronic logic.

michael franck
7 years ago

I’m all in for the development of these skyscrapers but they are all focused on luxury and high end luxury consumers.What middle class family is going to afford to live in any of these condos?Miami has an abundant population of wealthy citizens in the county the MAJORITY that are not even from Miami. I’m just afraid that in the next couple of years Miami will be reminiscent of L.a ,all of the housing and property will be ridiculously expensive and unaffordable for the average Joe because of the affluence of the wealthy.I’m speaking from this point of view because I was born and raised in Miami.The change is clearly evident from a moron as myself….

Anonymous
7 years ago

it is important for these developments we would be fools to not allow them. but it is also true that we need to encourage developers to create affordable housing that can offer a amenities that provide a good quality of life for middle income families and we also need to create a mix of housing that allows miamians from all walks of life to enjoy the city center after all all these places need people to work in them and maybe if they would pay better wages then they would have more people that could also enjoy miami.

Anonymous
7 years ago

AGREED

leon
7 years ago

The Amount of Condo’s going up in the next few years, so really the question is if there will be enough people willing to pay the piper per square foot like they believe.