Plans to build the largest mall in America in the western reaches of Miami-Dade are moving on full speed ahead with little impediment, and today we've got out look at what exactly the layout of the mall will look like. South Florida Business Journal reporter Brian Bendall got a hold of the plans and tweeted out some choice renderings.
Dubbed American Dream Miami, the property is being developed by Triple Five, the same company that owns America's current biggest mall The Mall of America in Minnesota, and will be situated near the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and I-75 in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Of course, the mall will be more than just a "mall," but rather a fantastical entertainment destination folded into a shopping center.
The ferris wheel should be the first tip-off this isn't any old mall.
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Plans for the first level point out the "art deca village," the submarine lake," a theme park, a sea lion habitat, a skating rink, water park, indoor ski slope and mini-golf course, just for good measure. Most of these features have been reported before, but we must have missed the news about mini-golf. This place really will have everything.
The "entertainment district" will also have a performing arts theater, movie theater, bowling alley and ...night club district. Not just a night club, but an entire district. We will all abandon South Beach and end up heading out west to pop bottles in a giant mall in a few years, probably not? But clearly American Dream Miami is looking to become a destination in and off itself, so adding late night entertainment options makes sense.
The (estimated) $4 billion project will spawn across 200 acres, and developers promise that it will bring 10,000 new jobs to Miami-Dade. The property will also include a hotel and residential tower.