Miami Freedom Park receives final zoning approval

We’re one step closer to work beginning on Miami Freedom Park, the new Inter Miami CF stadium and associated development, after the city commission voted 4-1 to approve zoning changes clearing the way to construction.

The plan, proposed by soccer star David Beckham and team co-owners Jorge and Jose Mas, would replace a city golf course and other parkland with the new 25,000-seat MLS stadium and a mixed-use development with 400,000 square feet of office space, 750-room hotel, retail, restaurants and 58-acre park under the $1-billion Miami Freedom Park umbrella. (Design of the stadium and development is being led by Arquitectonica and HOK.) The current Melreese golf course sits on top of contaminated land, so the first step in the process will be cleaning up the contaminated area.

Still to come: a final lease agreement for the land and review of a possible impact on Miami International Airport, a groundbreaking date and opening date. Inter Miami FC currently plays at Fort Lauderdale’s DRV PNK Stadium, a temporary home that incorporated parts of the former Lockhart Stadium.

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Renderings courtesy Inter Miami CF.

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