Yet Another Lawsuit Filed In Opposition To Worldcenter, This One By Marty Margulies

Just days after one Worldcenter lawsuit was settled, another has been filed.

Developer Martin Margulies filed suit last week against the city of Miami and Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency over the $88 million Tax Increment Financing approved for Worldcenter by commissioners late last year, according to Law360.

In the lawsuit, attorneys for Margulies argue that the meeting where approval for the TIF agreement was granted wasn’t properly noticed, and didn’t give enough time for city residents to voice their opposition. The suit also claims that the agreement will displace poor residents and gentrify the area, but won’t reduce slum or blight.

Margulies recently completed the Bellini project in Williams Island. In 1982, he led opposition to a sculpture at the Port of Miami.

Update: Worldcenter’s developers have released the following statement: ‘Miami Worldcenter and the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA have diligently worked to create a robust community benefits package that guarantees priority hiring for local residents, opportunities for neighborhood businesses and hourly pay in excess of living wage. This benefits package and the corresponding TIF agreement have rightfully received an unprecedented level of public scrutiny, and we believe the strong community support that the project has earned including the benefits that it is bringing to the community – coupled with the CRA’s unanimous vote of approval – speaks for itself.’

 

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MrDreTheOne
5 years ago

Marty Margulies, whoever you are, just stop.

Anonymous
5 years ago

If Marty is so concerned about displacing the poor, he should move them into his unsold units at Bellini on Williams Island , he should also throw in some spa memberships

Marc305
5 years ago

News like this makes me sick!
“The suit also claims that the agreement will displace poor residents and gentrify the area, but won’t reduce slum or blight.”
Yes, of course it will gentrify the area, that is what all new expensive projects do. By doing so the slum and blight will be reduced, period! It happens one block at time, look what happened to Midtown, does anyone remember how it used to look? I do! Grand Central and World Center will do the same to Overtown. Marty is just looking for a payday like everyone else. This thing will not get off the ground until 2016 and that is just sad!

Anonymous
5 years ago

well why the hell dont MWC just go ahead and break ground already its their own fault they keep giving people enough time to file suit. Another thing i think its just so ridiculous how difficult it is to build something in Miami with all these codes, lawsuits, FAA and approvals im surprised anyone wants to build here. After a proposal it can take damn near 10 years to get it built i bet its not that hard to build in other cities like New York, Dubai, Chicago, ETC.

Yet Another Anonymous
5 years ago

Yeah who needs codes. I’ll just build a high rise in my back yard with materials from Lowe’s, god that’s a good store.

Fredric
5 years ago

This lawsuit will be dismissed very quickly. Eventually the message will get out to these too-rich big shots in the lawsuit-of-the-month club that the arguments have all been heard already and so any lawsuits filed henceforth will be dismissed so fast that they will not even provide the plaintiff with ego-satisfaction.

And I agree with the person who said that the developers of MWC should proceed with construction and ignore any further litigation, because any future lawsuits will not stand a chance. The whole point of the filers of these suits is to try to delay the project but that will not work any longer.

Really???
5 years ago

“The suit also claims that the agreement will displace poor residents and gentrify the area, but won’t reduce slum or blight.”

They should look up the word gentrification. “Gentrification is the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by wealthier individuals, which in effect improves property values but also can displace low-income families and small businesses.”

I guess it’s possible to gentrify an area and not reduce slum or blight if the area while low income isn’t a slum or blighted. However that’s not really the case here. It’s not like this is an area of low income working class business with the evil developer coming in to kick them out to build more private wealth playgrounds for “the man”.

We’re talking about EMPTY LOTS Who are they talking about displacing???? I mean the biggest building is where Mekka nightclub is.

Charles Culpepper
5 years ago

Martin Margulies is just one mort wart on the ass of progess

Charles Culpepper
5 years ago

Charles Culpepper
Correct “more” for “mort”

Anonymous
5 years ago

Developer Martin Margulies suit said “the agreement will displace poor residents and gentrify the area, but won’t reduce slum or blight.”

Margulies was also heard at a prior meeting of hight profile developers in Miami saying “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that slummy ghetto area and I certainly wouldn’t waste my time and money building anything in or near that area. I don’t build residents for poor people, that’s why I build nothing but projects like the Bellini on Williams Island.”

Gared
5 years ago

No worries,just one of the usual suspects,doesn’t come out too often,but when he does,it’s always negative.

Anonymous
5 years ago

This lawsuit should be dismissed right away. Obviously a totally frivolous litigation.

XVS
5 years ago

I don’t know the real motivation of this lawsuit, bit I know FOR SURE that caring about the poor is not it.