Two Visions Of New Miami Beach Convention Center Emerge

May 15, 2013

Miami Beach is now entertaining to two competing proposals for redesigning the city's convention center. Click the link at the top of the post to see artist renderings at

In their first fully fleshed-out presentations on Tuesday, the developers competing to redevelop the Miami Beach Convention Center area described a vibrant new urban district of interconnected green spaces and cultural opportunities anchored by cutting-edge designs — even as they crossed swords over which plan would yield more benefits to the city at a better cost.

Portman-CMC, the team lead by Atlanta developers Portman Holdings, presented a substantially different plan from the preliminary design unveiled months ago, bringing it closer to the long-standing plan developed by their competitor, South Beach ACE. Both teams now contemplate attaching an 800-room hotel that wraps around the southern end of the convention center, restoring the Fillmore at Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater and adding a free-standing “cultural” building.

The teams are in the final stages of a billion-dollar competition to land one of the biggest urban redevelopment projects in the country: the modernization and expansion of the aging convention center, the addition of a major hotel and a mix of private development to transform what’s now an asphalt parking lot in the middle of South Beach. Miami Beach commissioners are expected to pick a team for the project as early as June.