Miami-Dade might kill Airport City development

County mayor considering recommendation from aviation director to reject project

Aug.August 07, 2014 02:15 PM

Miami-Dade’s aviation director wants the county to scrap the long-discussed Airport City mixed-use development.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez sent county commissioners a memo relaying the recommendation from Aviation Director Emilio Gonzalez on Wednesday. Gimenez wrote that he is reviewing the suggestion but has not made a decision yet. He plans to meet with financial advisors for Miami International Airport and get input from a county committee that oversees transportation and aviation issues.

“My administration’s final decision will prioritize what’s best for the future positive growth of MIA and making sure it remains one of the world’s premier airports,” Gimenez wrote, as cited by the Miami Herald.

Last month, construction industry titan Odebrecht USA blasted the county for dragging its feet in approving the project. Odebrecht warned it might opt to sue the county if the development is abandoned.

Original Airport City plans included a business park with hotel and meeting facilities, office and retail space and restaurants on 33.5 acres. [Miami Herald]Eric Kalis

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