Miami Beach to conduct traffic impact study focused on possible future convention center hotel

Miami Beach Convention Center renovation is on schedule. Proposals for an owner’s representative have been submitted and the city is currently in the process of searching for an owner’s representative and design builder for the project.

The proposal to become a design builder are due for qualifications Sept. 24. Five proposals to be Miami Beach’s owner’s representative have been received. Interviews are scheduled Oct. 2, with a targeted approval from the city commission in October.

The city is also planning on moving forward with a 120-day, $85,000 Miami Beach Convention Center Hotel Traffic Impact study. Earlier this year the commission designated a site behind the Fillmore Miami Beach for a headquarters hotel. A headquarters hotel next to the convention center would be more attraictive for trade shows and conventions, but would also reduce traffic and parking needs in the area.

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City transportation director José González presented the proposed scope of the study to the commission. The study would look at 12 intersections around the hotel site and the effects a 400- to 1,200-room hotel would have.

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The additional steps are meant to ensure the long-term success of its owners as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease and guests return to hotels.

The hotel is located in downtown West Palm Beach, two blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway to the east and the Palm Beach County Convention Center to the west.

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