Miami Worldcenter reduces project's retail space

Developer changes mall concept for outdoor shopping in downtown

Artist conceptual rendering. Developer may change without notice.
Artist conceptual rendering. Developer may change without notice.

MIAMI – The Miami Worldcenter unveiled a new design Tuesday for its 27-acre development that shows a smaller retail area, which could mean less jobs for the less affluent in Overtown.

The new conceptual renderings also did not include signs of Bloomingdales and Macy's, as the original renderings of the project did. Instead of 760,000 square feet, the mall could have about 300,000 square feet less. 

The developer said they were working on a network of promenades and plazas similar to that of New York's SoHo and Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. 

"There is clearly strong demand for a pedestrian-oriented shopping streetscape in downtown Miami," Nitin Motwaning, managing principal for Miami Worldcenter Associates said in January

There will be a central plaza. And the retail area will run between Northeast 1st Avenue and Northeast 2nd and from Northeast 10th Street to Northeast 7th Street. 

Mall owners Forbes Company and Taubman Centers, the companies that were set to attract Macy's and Bloomingdales, were also no longer co-developers in the project. But they collaborated on the new design and were in talks with retailers.

Paramount Miami Worldcenter, a 429-unit luxury residential condominium tower, remains at the center of the project. The developers were aiming to have the ground breaking ceremony in March. 


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