Miami Beach will host a series of public workshops to get resident input about the city’s $1 billion overhaul of its convention center.
The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the current convention center, at 1901 Convention Center Dr.
The ambitious convention center project spans 52-acres in the heart of South Beach. Plans include an 800-room hotel, new convention center and development of the surrounding land.
There, residents will tell developers about what they want — and don’t want — at the convention center site. The idea is for developers to take the community’s ideas and integrate them into design plans, which will be presented at a subsequent public meeting.
City officials have already drawn up a shortlist of candidates vying to complete the renovation. They are:
* Portman-CMC, led by Portman Holdings, the developer who built the 14-block Peachtree Center in Atlanta; Miami condo developer Ugo Colombo and Cirque du Soleil and the Bal Harbour Shops.
* South Beach ACE, led Tishman Hotel and Realty, the company behind the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin; local developer Robert Wennett, who helped revitalize Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile and built the 1111 building on Lincoln Road; and the famous architect Rem Koolhaas.
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