Miami is no stranger to large-scale development. There are plenty of examples already built and under construction, including the Birkell City Centre. However, there’s something even larger looming on the horizon – the Miami Worldcenter. The project recently cleared its second to last challenge before it officially becomes a reality and construction can begin.
There have been several challenges facing the project since it first entered the consideration phase. Some of those challenges have stemmed from outspoken objection by residents of Miami. However, the city’s commissioners voted unanimously to approve changes to zoning laws in the city, as well as an agreement that lets the Worldcenter project move forward. Critics of the project cite problems like closing streets and allowing LED billboards on media towers. Others cited the economic devastation that would come to businesses located in areas that were open only to foot traffic.
For those not sure what the Worldcenter actually entails, it’s an exciting prospect – a transformative project, according to the developers. It would encompass 17 acres of Miami real estate, and it would house almost 1,200 condos, as well as a 600,000 square foot convention center, and a hotel with 1,800 guestrooms. There would also be a shopping mall measuring almost 800,000 square feet. Anchors for the mall have already been selected, and include the likes of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. In terms of location, the project would run from North Miami Avenue and Northeast Second Avenue to Northeast Sixth Street and 11th Street.
Points in Favor
While there has been vocal dissent concerning the Worldcenter project, there are many points in its favor. One of those would be the enormous revenues such a project would generate for the city. Another benefit would be the revitalization of an area that has long been in decay and decline, as well as the creation of an additional 18,000 jobs for the city’s residents. In addition, the project would also create more than 25 bars and nightclubs in an area where such facilities are largely absent, rundown or going out of business due to lack of patrons.
A Sign of the Times
As mentioned, the Worldcenter project is far from the only large-scale development in Miami. The Brickell City Centre project is another massive undertaking that’s sparked both praise and criticism. There are numerous others as well. All are signs of the changing times – Miami is reinventing itself as an international destination for travelers of all economic classes, from the rich and powerful to family vacationers to those looking for an exciting city to call home.
It’s also in line with the city’s exploding real estate scene. The area recovered quickly from the real estate meltdown and has seen year after year of growth since 2011. It’s quite the boom, as can be seen from the number of condo developments (Sunny Isles Beach alone has seen 15 luxury condo developments (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) kick off in the last decade).