South Beach ACE partner Dan Tishman says his team is still committed to redeveloping the Miami Beach convention center district.
The team that won a protracted public competition to redevelop the Miami Beach convention center district said Thursday that it is still “strongly committed” to executing the billon-dollar project, even after a court decision that could make the deal more complicated. It was the group’s first indication of its plans.
“ South Beach ACE is actively engaged with the City of Miami Beach, working to determine a path forward for improving the convention center district and restoring the City’s standing among the nation’s top destinations for major events,” according to a statement by Dan Tishman.
Tishman is a principal partner with South Beach ACE, the team that is negotiating the convention-center deal with the city.
A state appeals court on Sept. 20 struck down a referendum that is required for the project to go forward. Meanwhile, voters will decide on Nov. 5 whether to require a super-majority to approve leases of public land within the district. Currently, the city only requires a simple majority of voters to approve leases within the convention-center district.
The city envisions leasing out publicly owned land to ACE so that the team can build a convention-center hotel, shops, and restaurants.
The November election could further complicate the convention-center project because t he mayor’s office and three commission seats are up for grabs. While incumbents have been mostly supportive of redeveloping the 52-acre site, opposing candidates have decried the project’s scale.
Tishman’s reassurance comes just days after Beach commissioners asked their city manager to come up with “alternatives” to the current proposal. City Manager Jimmy Morales will present commissioners with an update at the next commission meeting on Oct. 16.
Convention-center Advisory Board Chairman Stuart Blumberg, who has been a staunch proponent of the convention-center overhaul, has called for a special meeting on Oct. 15 to discuss the project.
“We are concerned about the complete lack of knowledge across the board by people who have no idea about the Center, its economic impact, and its benefit to the residents. We are concerned that the Commission is now discussing ‘alternatives’. Is anyone other than the Board concerned about the viability of a proposed Convention Center in downtown Miami and an already announced 1800 room Marriott with a 500,000 square foot pedestal?” Blumberg wrote in an email.
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