MFP submits area plan application for Melreese site rezoning

17 June 2020 (Last Updated June 17th, 2020 10:55)

Miami Freedom Park (MFP) in the US has submitted a Special Area Plan (SAP) application for the rezoning required for the Melreese site.

MFP submits area plan application for Melreese site rezoning
As part of the MFP project, the developers plan to build a 58-acre public park, along with a 25,000-seat soccer stadium. Credit: MLS.

Miami Freedom Park (MFP) in the US has submitted a special area plan (SAP) application for the rezoning required for the Melreese site.

This development marks a key milestone in bringing the proposed mixed-use MFP project to fruition.

Of the total 131 acres of the project, the rezoning of 20.9 acres is needed to follow through on the vision for MFP, which was supported by 60% of Miami voters.

As part of the project, the developers plan to build a 58-acre public park, along with a 25,000-seat soccer stadium that will be home to South Florida’s own Major League Soccer team Inter Miami CF.

The project will also include a tech hub and hotel, as well as shops and restaurants for the entire community.

Inter Miami CF managing owner Jorge Mas said: “With the goal of following through on the will of Miami voters, we are submitting the Miami Freedom Park zoning application so it can be reviewed as we continue to advance lease agreement negotiations.

“This parallel path will allow us to more quickly bring the creation of one of the city’s largest public parks, the future home stadium of our MLS team, more than 15,000 jobs, and contributions of $42.7m in annual tax revenue, all at no cost to city taxpayers.”

The SAP application highlights include improved walkability with a one-mile wellness loop, a bike path and signalised crosswalks for better connectivity.

In addition, it proposes 131 acres of environmental remediation.

The project is expected to contribute $42.7m in annual tax revenue and create more than 15,000 jobs.