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Massive American Dream Mall under review microscope

Written by on February 13, 2018
Massive American Dream Mall under review microscope

The massive American Dream Mall project is currently a dream in the review process, with no set deadline on when it will move on to the next stage.

“Right now the reviewing agencies are still reviewing in their respective disciplines, and it’s moving forward through the standard zoning and comprehensive plan process,” said Nathan Kogon, assistant director for development services for Miami-Dade County.

Deadlines aren’t set for the project because it’s uncertain how long this stage will take.

“Really, what happens is we don’t set a timeline upfront,” Mr. Kogon said. “We go through the review, we continue to get all the comments from the reviewing agencies and we ask for additional documents, and then once all of the agencies have signed off on them, then we start scheduling the follow-up meetings.”

The American Dream Mall is to rise at the intersection of Interstate 75, Florida’s Turnpike Extension and Miami Gardens Drive. The megamall is expected to be larger than 5 million square feet and is forecast to have retail, entertainment and dining options.

Parts of the projects currently being reviewed include things such as the effects of the water, sewer, canals, environmental factors, and the roadways in nearby areas.

“We’re basically looking to identify all of the impacts that the project would have and then make sure we have identified what the mitigation measures are,” said Jerry Bell, Miami-Dade assistant planning director. “That’s really what we’re working on now.”

The review process is important because it ensures that the proper steps are taken.

“Obviously, the scope is larger so the details increase,” Mr. Kogon said. “But really this is just a standard type of review.”

While the private sector focuses on the effect a certain store will have, Mr. Kogon and Mr. Bell’s focus with this project is to calculate impact analysis.

“When we look at the impacts, we look at how much retail they’re going to have and how much land use they’re going to have,” Mr. Kogon said. “We calculate that, but we don’t look at the nature of the store.”

At the end of the process, there will be a specific developmental schedule, but exact dates are still being calculated.

“With a lot of these large developments, you’ll see you have ‘x’ amount of square feet of this particular part, and if they want to change that development schedule, they’ll have to go back to a public hearing, or in some cases you can shift the general calculations.” Mr. Kogon said.

The exact date the mall will open to the public is still to be determined.

“It’s such a unique facility, I have no clue” when it would be finished, Mr. Kogon said. “I don’t even know where to begin.”

10 Responses to Massive American Dream Mall under review microscope

  1. Nancy A. Rogers

    February 20, 2018 at 9:32 am

    First of all, TRAFFIC should be the FIRST issue studied. We already have traffic issues. Do any of the people on these “reviewing agencies” live where this nightmare mall is being built? Oh, and by the way: How’s that still-not-finished-underfunded Mall in New Jersey going? PULLEEZE!

  2. g..

    February 25, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Why cant we have a theme park with rides and roller coasters no malls or fashion.. a good water park and a good amusement park. Miami already is a massive strip mall. Nothing to do in Miami.

    • Afi Keita James

      March 14, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      the mall will always be a cultural icon, but it’s time for the best of all worlds.

  3. Robert

    March 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t know what’s under review because they are building ramps all over the place on 75 turnpike and on 186th.The area is almost clear so I’m pretty sure its a go

  4. Mike

    April 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    The Dade county commissioners and mayor don’t care about the traffic nightmare its going to create for the people that live in that area. They only care about collecting more sales taxes and business taxes.

  5. Sathosh

    April 29, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    This will be a good one for our State and we should be proud of it, good opportunities for locals in getting jobs. I believe the county will definitely come up with all possible solutions to traffic.

    • Ik

      April 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Good idea

  6. Ralph

    May 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Instead of wasting 4 billion dollars on another MALL when retail is doing so horrible…why not invest those 4 billion into expanding Miami’s metro rail system and downtown’s people mover system..would be nice to be able to take a people mover up biscayne blvd to at least 163rd street and back or take it down flagler street to dolphin mall….

    • Afi K. James

      May 8, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Ralph, it’s more than just a mall.

    • J. Mitchell

      May 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      You make too much sense, but you are right……