David Beckham, partners to close on county site in Overtown after all

Ownership group says it’s still building Miami Freedom Park complex on Melreese site

Miami /
May.May 21, 2019 07:09 PM
David Beckham, Jorge Mas and a rendering of the Overtown stadium

David Beckham, Jorge Mas and a rendering of the Overtown stadium

David Beckham and his partners will close on a site in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, even as they forge ahead with their plans to build a mega-soccer stadium complex on a different property near Miami International Airport.

According to a statement from Inter Miami CF, the Major League Soccer team owned by Beckham, Jorge and Jose Mas and others, the group remains “fully committed to bringing Major League Soccer to the City of Miami and creating Miami Freedom Park, as approved by 60% of Miami voters” but will close on the $9 million purchase of the Overtown property.

Miami Beckham United LLC has been under contract to buy the county land, putting a $450,000 deposit down so far. Another payment of $901,500 was due in June 2018 before Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez agreed to extend the deadline until litigation over the no-bid land deal was resolved.

Activist Bruce Matheson sued to undo the deal but failed to win at trial and on appeal. Last week, the Florida Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by Matheson. Miami Beckham United was facing a seven-day deadline from that decision to notify the county whether it wants to surrender the three acres or pay $901,500 to keep the county land under contract.

In March, Jorge Mas told the Miami Herald that the land in Overtown was a backup stadium site if the group fails to negotiate a deal to build a stadium at the city-owned Melreese golf course in Miami.

Mas said in a statement that Inter Miami CF is still set on the Melreese property. “Our vision includes a 58-acre public park, soccer stadium with a great fan experience and high-paying jobs on the Melreese site,” he said.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Herald that Mas and his partners plan to seek building permits for a stadium on the Overtown land. He also said they discussed building other projects on the property, including affordable housing.

The county commission would have to approve a change in the intended use of the property if the group decides to move forward with a project other than a stadium.

At the same time, Beckham and his partners are planning to build a temporary home for their soccer team.

Miami Beckham United also signed an agreement with the city of Fort Lauderdale to replace city-owned Lockhart Stadium with a training facility and an 18,000-seat stadium where its MLS team would play in its first two seasons in 2020 and 2021.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with Arte Surfside (Getty, Arte)

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to rent luxury condo in Miami’s Surfside

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner to rent luxury condo in Miami’s Surfside
Chris Bosh and his North Bay Road home, 6396 North Bay Road (Getty, One Sotheby’s International Realty)

Chris Bosh sells waterfront Miami Beach mansion for $15M

Chris Bosh sells waterfront Miami Beach mansion for $15M
Phil Collins is in contract to sell his waterfront Miami Beach mansion amid a legal battle with his ex-wife, Orianne Bates. (Getty, Coldwell Banker Realty)

Phil Collins finds buyer for waterfront Miami Beach estate listed for $40M

Phil Collins finds buyer for waterfront Miami Beach estate listed for $40M
Serena Williams with 7703 Bold Lad Road and 6431 River Pointe Way (Getty, Google Maps)

Serena Williams sells Palm Beach Gardens home after buying Yadier Molina’s Jupiter mansion

Serena Williams sells Palm Beach Gardens home after buying Yadier Molina’s Jupiter mansion
Alex Rodriguez with Stuart Zook (Getty, Miami-Dade County Circuit Courts)

A-Rod’s ex-brother-in-law alleges racketeering, embezzlement in new lawsuit against retired Yankee

A-Rod’s ex-brother-in-law alleges racketeering, embezzlement in new lawsuit against retired Yankee
Carl Gambino

Celebrity agent Carl Gambino expands to Miami

Celebrity agent Carl Gambino expands to Miami
David Cassidy and 1600 South Ocean Drive in Fort Lauderdale (Getty)

David Cassidy’s former Fort Lauderdale home sells

David Cassidy’s former Fort Lauderdale home sells
4404 North Bay Road with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber (One Sotheby's, Google Maps, Getty)

Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber paid $10M for waterfront Miami Beach teardown

Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber paid $10M for waterfront Miami Beach teardown
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...