Miami-Dade County

Miami Commission to vote on Riverside Wharf

Miami commissioners will vote Thursday on a developer’s proposal to build a roughly $30 million complex of four restaurants and a fish market on private and public land along the north bank of the Miami River.

Alex Mantecon has proposed constructing the 58,000-square-foot Riverside Wharf across about three-quarters of an acre the city owns just west of Interstate 95 and adjacent property that belongs to his MV Real Estate Holdings LLC. Mantecon, the developer behind a mixed-use tower with self-storage and an 11,000-square-foot rooftop restaurant across the street, has partnered on the project with the family that runs Garcia’s commercial fishing operation on the site.

Commissioners have already signalled support for the project. Last month, they rejected a recommendation by the city’s administration to throw out the Riverside Wharf proposal and re-start a competitive process that drew interest only from Mantecon. Instead, commissioners requested that the administration bring back for a vote a 30-year lease with two 10-year options that would pay the city $195,000 a year.

If commissioners approve the project and lease, they’ll also vote on ballot language for a legally required voter referendum in March. Thursday is the last commisison meeting before a Dec. 22 deadline to submit ballot questions to the Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections.