Real Estate

This Might Be the Overtown Lot Where Beckham Builds a Stadium

With plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Little Havana now seemingly dead, reports suggest that David Beckham and his business partners are considering a plot of land in Overtown

"I think we have found a site," team partner Tim Leiweke told CNBC last week.

Well, Miami's somewhat-mysterious real estate tip sheet the Next Miami reports that it's hearing rumors the location is at 650 NW Eighth Street, a 4.2-acre plot of land that is currently empty. 

The rumor makes a certain amount of sense. Just open up Google Maps and take a look at Overtown. This is the only large plot of land completely unoccupied at the moment. 

The site, currently being used for parking, is also just a few blocks south of the Culmer Metrorail station, making it easily accessible from public transit. And it's near I-95. 

While Overtown is a historically African-American neighborhood blighted by poverty, the rumored stadium site is a block away from Spring Garden, a relatively ritzy, single-family enclave along the Miami River. 

The plot of land is about the same size of the Marlins Park-adjacent plot Beckham was considering in Little Havana. However, at that site soccer fans could have presumably parked in the garages built for the baseball field. There's no obvious solution for parking at the Overtown site. 

Of course, this remains just a rumor, but MLS President Don Garber told Fox Sports last night that the league is still committed to its expansion plans in Miami. 

"It is a very real-time process that we're going through right now," Garber told Fox Sports. "There's a new site they're looking at. We've been working with Tim Leiweke and the Beckham group on ensuring that it could be a site that makes sense for the club. Hang tight because it's hopefully going to come to some conclusion soon, though I'm not sure what the exact timetable is."

"This thing can't drag on forever," Garber continued. "It's not fair to David. It's not fair to the league. We need to move forward with our expansion plans one way or the other. But we're not at that point. We're continuing to stay focused to try and get something done."

However, a team spokesman told the Real Deal that multiple sites throughout the area may be considered. 

“Fortunately, we have been receiving interest from a number of private landowners with sites across Miami-Dade County and we are now in the process of evaluating those alternatives,” said the spokesman. “David, Marcelo, Simon and Tim appreciate the strong support of our fans and we are doing everything in our power to make our dream of an MLS club in Miami a reality.”

The rumored plot is currently owned by Windsor Capital Corporation. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to build a mid-rise apartment complex designed by famed architecture firm Arquitectonica on the site. 
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Kyle Munzenrieder