Miami Reveals Its Wish List For Melreese
Written by Miami Today on June 22, 2006
A hotel and golf clubhouse are central elements of the planned redevelopment of Melreese Golf Course, but the project could also include entertainment and cultural facilities, space for shops, restaurants and offices, according to a request for proposals from the City of Miami.
While a number of uses will be permitted, the focus will be on golf, said Aldo Bustamante, project manager for the city.
"The golf course is recognized as an 18-hole championship public golf course equal in quality to any private or resort golf course in the area," he said. "The city is seeking to enhance the existing facility and create a premier golf destination capable of accommodating tournament participants, conference attendees, amateur golfers and young players."
The request also states the city will grant a 50 year-lease term on the property with options for two 10-year renewals. The city has been seeking a developer for the 135-acre course, at 1802 NW 37th Ave. just east of Miami International Airport, since 2004.
"We envision the completed development as a welcoming mix of uses to include a clubhouse and pro shop with a first-class hotel and related amenities," Mr. Bustamante said. The city initially sought a four-star hotel but later agreed to a three-star.
The city is asking developers for an "integrated package of services that include planning and design, construction, leasing, and management."
The selected developer can build facilities for entertainment, educational and cultural purposes as well as hotel timeshare units and space for retail, restaurants and offices, according to the request for proposals.
In addition, the city says it "will assist in obtaining regulatory and other permits for the project to the extent feasible."
Proposals are due Sept. 12.