Three firms deal to build hotel at Miami International Airport
Three local firms shortlisted to develop a hotel at Miami International Airport are at individual negotiations with the county prior to the second phase of the request of proposals (RFP) that ultimately would award the project to only one firm.
“The end of the individual negotiations phase will lead right into issuance of Phase 2 of the RFP. The expected timeframe for this to occur is in about two months,” said in an email Rita Silva, from the Internal Services Department.
In phase 2 of the RFP, the county is to issue an addendum to the short-listed proposers to include the submittal requirements and evaluation criteria. Afterwards, the county would select a winner and the process would end.
As Miami Today reported in March, the three firms have local ties. FDR Miami Hotel LLC, whose filing with the Florida Division of Corporations lists the New York address of global real estate developer The Related Companies, is founded and led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Mainsail Development International LLC is a subsidiary of Tampa-based hotel builder and operator Mainsail Lodging and Development, whose Miami-born founder and president, Joe Collier, previously worked for Marriott.
Parmco Airport Hospitality LLC is owned by investor-developer Darryl Parmenter and real estate economic advisor Paul Lambert and holds controlling interest in hotel designs from a now-defunct $512 million MIA development plan called Airport City.
More details of the project are yet to be known as the project is still under the RFP process but the project package issued by the Internal Services Department in July 2020 says the county was soliciting proposals to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new hotel at MIA under a project agreement.
The county is seeking the following characteristics and amenities in the development of the project: an upper upscale hotel in conformance with accepted industry standards for 4 stars hotels; a minimum of 350 hotel rooms; a sit-down, full-service restaurant/bar; 24-hour prepared food and beverages available; business center or business center type services to the business traveler; meeting/banquet space of a minimum of 20,000 square feet; a fitness center; valet parking; and the possibility of a few concession opportunities for those already in the airport
The development of the site is to be completed within three years of the effective date of the agreement. “The county anticipates entering into a project agreement with a 30 to 50 year term following scheduled substantial completion of the new hotel, and pending FAA approval,” says the document.
Plans for the new hotel started in May last year when the Miami-Dade Commission directed former Mayor Carlos Giménez’s administration to start what was to be a three-month bid solicitation and a planned contract award in November. But plans for a new hotel inside the airport have been discussed at least as far as 2013.
The county now owns a 62-year-old, 252-room hotel built into the center of its Miami International Airport terminal complex at Concourse E. Commissioners and airport officials sought for well over a decade for a major hotel operator willing and able to operate the hotel. Its future after construction of a new hotel is not known.