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Developer of American Dream Miami mega-mall buys Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School

The former entrance to Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, which closed after the 2017 academic year. The 15-acre campus is being purchased by Triple Five, the Canada-based developer behind the American Dream Miami mall theme park proposed for Northwest Miami-Dade County.
The former entrance to Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School, which closed after the 2017 academic year. The 15-acre campus is being purchased by Triple Five, the Canada-based developer behind the American Dream Miami mall theme park proposed for Northwest Miami-Dade County. pportal@elnuevoherald.com

The developer behind the mammoth retail theme park planned for Northwest Miami-Dade is getting into the condo business in Little Haiti.

On Monday, The Real Deal reported that Triple Five, the Canada-based developer of Minnesota's Mall of America, is under contract to buy the 15-acre campus of Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School at 4949 NE Second Avenue in Miami.

The developer plans to build condos, rental apartments and retail spaces on the property.

Triple Five is the same developer that wants to build the $4 billion American Dream Miami complex in Northwest Miami-Dade, at the intersection of the Florida Turnpike and I-75. That project has residents of nearby Miami Lakes and Broward County worried about the effect a projected 70,000 daily vehicle trips to and from the mall could have on traffic. Miami-Dade County Commissioners are scheduled to make a final vote on the project on Thursday May 17.

Robert Gorlow, a consultant for Triple Five, confirmed to The Real Deal that the company has the Curley-Notre Dame property under contract but declined to name the price or closing date on the sale.

Last year, the Archdiocese of Miami closed the beloved Catholic school, which opened in 1953, and relocated its students to Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens. Developers had been circling the strategic property, which is located less than a mile north of the trendy Design District and just south of the Little Haiti neighborhood where gentrification is well under way.

Alumni of Curley lamented the school's closing when the news first broke in 2016. In 1960, Curley became the first high school in Miami-Dade to integrate African Americans and the first Catholic school in Florida to desegregate.

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