Airport City at Miami International Airport

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  1. langbro

    January 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Rumor is that the Aiport Director will announce the details of this project at State Of The Ports in mid-February.

  2. bigswinging

    February 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    State of the ports is coming up on Wednesday. Let’s see what happens
    http://www.worldtrade.org/State-of-the-Ports/2012/Invitation.html

  3. sandman

    March 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Looks like Cuban exile politics will kill the project:

    Posted on Wed, Mar. 14, 2012
    New Florida law prohibits government hiring of companies with Cuba ties

    Patricia Mazzei and Martha Brannigan
    The Miami Herald

    Delving into Miami-Dade’s tricky exile politics, Florida lawmakers passed sweeping but little-noticed legislation this session prohibiting local governments from hiring companies that do business with Cuba.

    The law appears to target one of the county’s largest contractors: Odebrecht USA, the Coral Gables-based subsidiary of the giant Brazilian conglomerate. The parent company’s Cuban affiliate is participating in a major expansion at the Port of Mariel.

    The company already faces opposition from some Miami-Dade commissioners who have signaled they are unlikely to give the Brazilian giant more county work.

    Odebrecht has been negotiating more than a year with county aviation officials on a deal to build the proposed Airport City, a massive, $700-million complex including two hotels plus office and retail space on airport grounds. The company envisions a public-private investment in which it would build and operate the facility and pay the airport a share.

    The plan, now under Federal Aviation Administration review, would ultimately have to win commission approval.

    Last June, when Commission Chairman Joe Martinez asked County Attorney Robert Cuevas for options on contracts with Odebrecht, Cuevas wrote that “state and local governments cannot generally take action’’ on foreign trade matters already subject to federal law.

    Nevertheless, when aviation director Jose Abreu mentioned the Airport City project while addressing the commission last month, Martinez told Abreu not to waste his time, indicating the proposal would not move forward because of the firm’s ties to Cuba. In particular, Martinez mentioned Odebrecht’s sugar venture.

    There is other dais opposition. Commissioner Javier Souto, a Bay of Pigs veteran, said Tuesday that it would be “horrible” if the commission voted for the Airport City project.

  4. sandman

    April 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Florida Governor Rick Scott announced today on Radio Mambí that he will sign HB959, banning governments from contracting firms with business ties to Cuba.

    This law will probably end plans for Airport City at MIA, since it is being proposed by Odebrecht which does work in Cuba.

  5. Afi K. James

    April 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Nice.

  6. Sean

    June 26, 2012 at 1:16 am

    So this thing’s dead?

  7. sandman

    June 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Probably.

    There is almost no chance that the County would approve this now that they have discovered Odebrecht’s work in Cuba.

    There were other companies interested in building this project when it was originally bid out, but that would mean starting over from scratch – it took years of planning to get to this point.

  8. yellows2k

    February 12, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    MIA director to unveil Airport City project at annual speech

    Director José Abreu, who is retiring next month, will make a pitch to build hotels, offices and shopping around Miami International Airport as part of a public-private development that has been in the works for several years.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/12/v-fullstory/3230820/mia-director-to-unveil-airport.html

  9. Chrismiran

    February 13, 2013 at 1:06 am

    This project sounds nice, but i think they should priotirize the centrL terminal redevelopment first. That terminal is approaching 60 years old, and the airport hotel is such an eyesore. Once they do that, then MIA would be complete.

  10. sandman

    February 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Airport City is expected to be presented to the county’s Transportation and Aviation Committee in March and shortly thereafter to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval.

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