Developers study North Miami Beach tennis complex

Written by Abraham Galvan on August 30, 2022

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The City of North Miami Beach gave local developers the opportunity to learn about a 10-acre P3 development opportunity and explore creative ways to reinvent the space.

During last week’s private pre-solicitation open house for the proposed city-owned development site at the Arthur I. Snyder Tennis Complex at 16851 W Dixie Hwy., city officials and staff met presented developers with a one-of-a-kind proposal to improve economic development, add open green space, and improve quality of life and place for residents and visitors.

“This is also an extension of the conversations everyone has had about how we are solving affordable housing issues here in Miami-Dade County,” said the vice mayor of North Miami Beach, Mckenzie Fleurimond, at the Developers event at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater. “The way you do it is to add inventory. To do this, you work with the private sector. We welcome opportunities to discuss with the private sector and creatives what the city of North Miami Beach will look like in five and 10 years.

An important phrase to keep in mind is “social entrepreneurship,” he said.

“Because that’s the key and it’s very important. A lot of the conversations we have in North Miami Beach are surrounded by places that are very important to us and have a historical component that we want to keep,” the vice mayor added. “We want to make sure that whoever we decide to partner with and work with, understands that and makes sure that we preserve history. We can preserve green spaces, we can add amenities, and we can add opportunities for our city to thrive.

While reviewing the design plans, the city wants to nurture and enhance the visit to the old Spanish monastery, which is right next door.

The city also invited Miami-based architect Kobi Karp to provide a vision or general ideas for how a mixed-use building might fit on the site.

“We want to have an open dialogue, an open mind and an open heart,” Mr. Karp said, “and basically create a place where the community can benefit from it and really give the 10 acres back to the community and improve it with the residential component or whatever component you want to put back in place.

The city is now issuing invitations to negotiate in an effort to get responses from interested and experienced developers with a track record of building and successfully completing mixed-use developments, said Phillip Ford, the city’s chief purchasing officer.

“Now these developments can include but are not limited to retail, residential units, hotels and green spaces,” he said. “Now, as part of an effective negotiation process, what we are looking for is a response and a commitment from the developer that you intend to enter into negotiations and a subsequent contract with the city.”

The city expects to receive all invitations to negotiate by mid-September.

“Again, this is not set in stone,” Mr. Ford said. “Then we will publish the information and negotiate between 45 and 60 days.”

Then the assessment process must take place, which can take three to four weeks.

“The first thing is that we will look at responsiveness. Subsequently, these proposals will be forwarded to the evaluation and selection committee,” added Mr. Ford.

The next step would be community engagement. Depending on the number of shortlisted companies, this process could take most of January 2023.

“We will then submit it to our board of directors as a recommendation,” Mr. Ford said, “and if all goes according to plan, the next step is to enter into negotiations with the selected company and conclude by following a contract.”

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