Convention center developer committed despite setback

Miami Beach convention center rendering and Dan Tishman
Miami Beach convention center rendering and Dan Tishman

Two weeks after a state appeals court struck down a referendum required for the Miami Beach convention center project to proceed, the developer yesterday said it remains “strongly committed” to moving forward.

South Beach ACE, the developer-architect team led by Dan Tishman and Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, won the bid in July to redesign a 52-acre swath of Miami Beach. Commissioners recently asked the city manager to present alternatives to the original plan, which the city and South Beach ACE had been negotiating.

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“South Beach ACE is actively engaged with the City of Miami Beach, working to determine a path forward for improving the convention center district and restoring the City’s standing among the nation’s top destinations for major events,” Tishman said in a statement to the Miami Herald.

A public vote on Nov. 5 will also affect the approval process. Voters will decide whether a super-majority is required to approve leases of public land in the convention center district. At the moment, the city requires a simple majority of voters to make that call.

Under South Beach ACE’s plan, the total cost for the project is estimated at $1.1 billion. The city has pledged financing of the public component, including the convention center, through a hotel bed tax already approved by voters. [Miami Herald]Mark Maurer