Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez just proposed a new quite possibly “the best” option for David Backham and his group of investors that are looking to bring a soccer team and stadium in Downtown Miami.
The new option is an unused boat slip called the FEC Slip that for as long as we can remember has pretty much been vacant and desolate. So now that the country and city are offering to allow that boar slip to be filled (along with donating a few more plots of land around it), this might be the best option for the Beckham group. The only drawback is that it will cost about $18 million just to fill the land and create the foundation for the stadium. But an extra “plus”, is that this may create the start of a true boardwalk or near-shore walkway that spans from the Miami River towards the north.
“Downtown Miami will benefit greatly from the creation of a grand waterfront park,” Gimenez wrote. “Combining this area and filling in the FEC Slip will also expand the amount of publicly accessible waterfront open space, turning this underutilized land into a shared public space.”
The county promised to finish a thorough analysis of the area for Beckham’s group within two weeks, and Beckham’s group sent the Miami Herald a statement promising to consider it. “Our goal from the outset has been to create a great fan experience, to provide an economic asset that creates jobs, and design a stadium that communicates the energy of Miami to the entire world,” the group told the daily. “The Port is a strong site; however, a stadium next to AmericanAirlines Arena is an exciting possibility.”
So yeah, lets see what happens with this option.
Source: Miami New Times