Were tying all of it together. You will be able to flow through and around this (convention center) facility and right into the station, he said.
The confirmation of MDMs plans comes as Miami Beach is in the final phases of selecting a team to modernize and expand its aging convention center, add an 800-room hotel and redevelop the site with residential buildings, cultural facilities and park space.
Its unclear how the Miami convention center would affect the Beach redevelopment plans. The proposed convention center in Miami, with just 100,000 square feet of convention floor space much of its square footage will be for ballrooms and meeting rooms is significantly smaller than its Beach counterpart, though the Miami hotel would be more than twice as large.
Nichols said the Miami convention hotel would have substantial, resort-like amenities, including an expansive pool deck with views of the bay, the American Airlines Arena and the downtown skyline. The facility would also boast an 80,000-square-foot outdoor event deck. The structure would rise 58 stories, he said.
During final presentations this week, the leader of one of two development-and-design teams vying for the $1 billion-plus Beach project, New York builder and hotel developer Dan Tishman, said the main competition for the Beach convention center hotel would be similar facilities across the bay in downtown Miami. A spokesman for the team said Thursday that Tishman also warned Beach officials that their convention center could lose significant business if its not improved, especially in the face of growing competition.
A spokesman for the competing team, Portman-CMC, said the group did not want to comment on the Miami convention project.
Neither Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales nor Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau chief Bill Talbert could be reached for comment. Bureau vice president Rolando Aedo said he and Talbert were not familiar with MDMs plan.
Miami City Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff, also chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, said the contemplated center would not affect the Beachs project nor the city-owned Knight Center on the Miami River, which is substantially smaller. Sarnoff said he was unfamiliar with the particulars of the plan, though he knew of the effort and applauds it.
Weve always wanted a convention center, but people dont want to spend money on a private convention center, Sarnoff said. Kudos to them.
Nichols said MDMs principals believe their convention center would supplement the larger Beach facility, not compete with it. Because of its smaller size, the Miami center could not accommodate the major conventions and shows the Beach aims to attract.
Its going after a different market, Nichols said. They have been working diligently on this for some time, and it doesnt have a thing to do with whats going on in Miami Beach. This is about downtown Miami.
Miami Herald staff writers Hannah Sampson and Charles Rabin contributed to this report.