$1 Billion Miami Beach Convention Center Plans Back to the Drawing Board

A new mayoral administration in Miami Beach has cancelled a $1 billion plan to redevelop 52-acres around the city’s convention center, scrapping the plans of a design-build team that included Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas.

New Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has cancelled negotiations on a design-build contract for a $1 billion plan to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center district. The city had chosen South Beach ACE (which includes the Rem Koolhaas-led architecture firm OMA) after a competition in July, which would have renovated the convention center while also designing and building a new hotel and retail district.

Now Mayor Levine wants to move forward with the convention center renovation separately from the hotel development. Christina Vega reports that a requirement for a voter referendum (with 60 percent voter approval) to lease city property proved the unassailable obstacle for the South Beach ACE proposal. Now the convention center renovation can move forward without the referendum. “For the purposes of getting this project done fast, on time, on budget, it’s unfortunate that we’ll have to make a very tough, challenging decision,” Mayor Levine said. “To some people, it’s a little disheartening. To other people, it’s a very fresh start.”

Full Story: Miami Beach kills $1B convention center project, prepares to start over


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from five cities with red or blue trim.

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.