Worldcenter’s Developer Promises 1,700 Room Marriott Is Coming To Miami’s Booming Hotel Market

A 1,700 room Marriott Marquis hotel and convention center remains on track to be built, Miami Worldcenter’s managing principal Nitin Motwani told the Wall Street Journal in an interview today.

Motwani said that Miami’s hotel market is  “what you dream of as a hotelier,” with revenues rising steadily in recent years. The average daily room rate in Miami-Dade County was $199.35 last year, compared to $176.66 in 2013, with the WSJ calling the Miami market “booming.”

The developers of the Marriott at Worldcenter have missed out on Miami’s strong hotel market over the past few years, as construction has been delayed.

No construction permits have been applied for at the site, city records show.

The Marriott Marquis was first submitted to Miami’s Urban Development Review Board in 2014, as an 1,800 room project with 600,000 square feet of convention space estimated to cost $750 million. Construction was estimated to begin at the end of 2014, developer MDM Group said then.

In 2016, MDM won approval for a CRA subsidy package, and resubmitted the project to Miami’s Planning & Zoning Department with two shorter towers, with the taller one rising 572-feet and 53 stories.

A franchise agreement was signed with Marriott in October 2017.

Last year, Worldcenter representatives said the hotel was on track to break ground by the end of 2018.

 

The land is still being used as a staging area for other nearby projects as of this week:

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Anonymous

First design was better

Anonymous

100% better

Anonymous

1000,000,000,000% better

Anonymous

Sad this key project hasn’t started it.
Surely, it will be a long time before we see cranes, if at all…

Anonymous

” The Marriott Marquis was first submitted to Miami’s Urban Development Review Board in 2014 ”

With a beautiful design that fit MWC perfectly.

Anonymous

It is a shame Swire or Related are not developing MWC. The delays and changes under Motwani are embarrassing. I think his philosophy is “when all else fails…..build more parking”

Anonymous

Some positive new regarding downtown convention center.

Anonymous

The only positive news they can tell us about is the day they break ground on this project.

Anonymous

Superb views from those towers above Miami Central.

Anonymous

Will he promise better architecture?

Anonymous

If I’m attending a convention in Miami I’d sure want to be near the beach. I’d be pretty disappointed that I was far away certainly not walkable.

Anonymous

Who are you?

Anonymous

Was this posted by a baby boomer from Omaha, Nebraska?

Anonymous

Nahh, just someone who’s just clueless as to what MWC, Miami Central and Brightline/Virgin, Brickell City Center, among Wynwood among other places are.

Anonymous

What if you flew in from someplace like Tennessee, Nebraska, West Virginia, or Kentucky for a convention in downtown Miami? These places are already hundreds and hundreds of miles from any beach on the Atlantic ocean.

Anonymous

As opposed to a convention in Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, New Orleans, Las. Vegas, …or staying home?
No brainer (assuming you have a brain).

Anonymous

With the exception of maybe San Diego, booking a cruise on one of the many cruise ships that sails out the port of Miami I guess, in your opinion, is not the type of option no one should think of or want, nor worth the time if one also comes to Miami to attend a convention downtown.

I bet for you, going to a store is not worth your time if it’s not exactly in front of the house across the street.

Anonymous

Heard of Uber? 10 minute ride

Anonymous

Well hopefully we will (at some point) get the metromover connection to the beach…hopefully! Plus, if you are attending a conference you want to be productive, I’d assume. Unless you just like to suck up money from your company to go to conferences as a free trips?

Anonymous

oh yeah we’ll get a metromover connection to the beach by 2050

Anonymous

Well I did say “hopefully”??‍♂️

Anonymous

First, they’ll spend $20 million studying it. Then years later, they’ll tell us about the high cost to get it done.

Anonymous

Also the fact spending millions inflated to billions for a dinky three-car train at thirty miles per hour for free isn’t realistic.

Anonymous

I’ve never went anywhere in Miami-Dade in 10 minutes

Anonymous

Yup,because most people who have the basic sense to have a job that would allow them to board a plane or even enough sense to be accepted to board a Greyhound bus, expect that ‘Miami’ has oceans on all TEN sides! I wonder what other stereotype expectations you have of people who ‘come to Miami’. I mean Miami is likely the only city left on the planet with a beach right? I am not boarding that plane if I cannot sleep next to the beach…yeah, the beach. Miami…Beach…Beach Miami…all sides Beach…Pina Colada for lunch else no deal…Beach…Miami equals Beach… Ooooooh!

Anonymous

If I’m attending a convention in Miami, I’d want to be far, far away from Miami Beach.