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Front Page » Top Stories » Miami Extends Deadline For Melreese Proposals

Miami Extends Deadline For Melreese Proposals

Written by on October 20, 2005

By Deserae del Campo
Melreese Golf Course remains up for grabs by investors after the City of Miami once again extended the deadline for proposals to redevelop the course, this time to Wednesday (10/26).

The 135-acre 18-hole course, at 1802 NW 37th Ave. near Miami International Airport, includes five lakes and cypress wetlands.

City commissioners resolved last summer to open Melreese to an investor to build a hotel containing up to 348 rooms, a clubhouse, a pro shop and other amenities. A restaurant, a parking lot, entertainment facilities and retail shops are also options.

A request for development proposals have been posted since early September. City officials delayed the response deadline to Oct. 12 and now to next week because a registered respondent with team members living in the Gulf states sought more time, said Meredith Nation, senior project representative for the city’s Department of Economic Development.

The project is considered a Unified Development Agreement Project, which requires the developer to plan, design, construct, lease and manage the project.

In September, commissioners granted the Florida Department of Transportation use for seven months of 0.1 acre on the course as a staging area for construction on LeJeune Road for the Miami Intermodal Center, a planned transportation hub that would be attached to Miami International Airport.

The department is storing construction materials behind a 20-foot-tall steel sheet pile wall to minimize noise and distraction for golfers.

But Ms. Nation said that has nothing to do with the extension for proposals.

The state agreed to restore the Melreese site after construction is completed and remove the wall.