By Brian Bandell
For years, the development of downtown Miami has been expanding northward into the Overtown/Park West neighborhood, and now that fertile foundation for growth could be a huge boost to South Florida’s bid to lure Amazon’s second headquarters.
South Florida economic development associations submitted eight locations as part of its bid, which Amazon named one of 20 finalists. One of those sites is in Overtown/Park West, where three land owners could combine their holdings to host the massive project. For these groups – Miami Worldcenter, Michael Simkins‘ Miami Innovation District and Mitchell Newman’s Ring Equity and RNG Overtown – the potential arrival of Amazon presents the opportunity to add to their long-running plans to bring the neighborhood into the urban fold.
Nitin Motwani, managing principal of Miami Worldcenter Associates, said the site has many of the criteria that Amazon listed in its initial request for proposals.The Brightline passenger train will connect Overtown to the rest of the tri-county area, giving Amazon access to a larger workforce and a diversity of housing options.
“Not everyone will choose to live in downtown, which is great,” Motwani said. “That bodes well for other cities. This is the size of company that could unite the entire tri-county area, thanks to Brightline and other forms of transit.”
The project could accommodate major meetings, too. MDM Group has been planning a Marriott Marquis hotel with 1,700 rooms and 350,000 square feet of convention space. The hotel and expo center is designed by local architects NBWW (Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Assoc., Inc.).
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