he Miami-Dade County Commission will decide May 17 whether it wants to have the largest mall in North America and South Florida’s first major theme park, and the thousands of jobs and deluge of traffic that come with it.
It’s been just over three years since Triple Five Group – which owns Mall of America in Minnesota – announced plans to build the 6.2 million-square-foot American Dream Miami mega mall in northwest Miami-Dade. Among the mall’s features would be the first indoor ski slope in North America and amusement park rides.
In tandem with that proposal, Miami Lakes-based Graham Cos. wants to build a major mixed-use project with homes, retail, office and hotels just south of the mall. That project would be built over at least a decade, while American Dream Miami would be developed in one shot.
American Dream Miami and the Graham Cos. projects would be on sites of 194.5 acres and 339 acres, respectively, at the intersection of Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 75. Both are now zoned for industrial development.
Some critics are concerned Triple Five Group will seek public subsidies. But Triple Five’s Attorney Miguel Diaz de la Portilla said that is not the case and his client is prepared to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on public infrastructure improvements.
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