MDM Group plans for convention center, Marriott hotel tower

Grand Central Park
Grand Central Park

MDM Group announced yesterday it has a contract to build a tower with a 500,000-square-foot convention space below a 1,800-room hotel to be managed by Marriott, the Miami Herald reported.

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The site at 700 North Miami Avenue is currently Grand Central Park and under the control of MDM Group, which intends to privately finance the project. Coral Gables-based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates is designing the tower, the Herald said. Marriott at Miami Worldcenter will be connected to the next-door All Aboard Florida train station by a skybridge. MDM and Miami World Center principals have declined to provide the project’s estimated cost, the newspaper said.

As previously reported, Marriott won a case against the owners of Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach late last year. Eden Roc had accused Marriott of mismanaging a Renaissance Hotel Management unit. Marriott subsequently sued Eden Roc, claiming they were attempting a hostile takeover of the hotel. [Miami Herald]Mark Maurer