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Carlos Gimenez mulls PortMiami development

Miami-Dade mayor's focus shifts from soccer stadium to mixed-use project
May 22, 2014 10:30AM



Now that a Major League Soccer stadium at PortMiami is off the table, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is mulling development options for the prime seaport land.

Gimenez called the PortMiami site “one of the most valuable properties left in Miami” during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. The vacant land, which is located on the southwest corner of the port, could be suitable for a mixed-use project with commercial real estate that complements the seaport, Gimenez said.

The water surrounding the land is not deep enough for cruise or cargo ships, so a port-related use would not be possible, according to Miami Today. Cargo container storage is also not a proper fit, as PortMiami’s plan is to transport containers west of Miami through the revived rail line that runs directly into the seaport.

“I will be coming to you very soon,” Gimenez told commissioners, “to make those 36 acres there much more productive than it is today.” [Miami Today]Eric Kalis