David Beckham’s Miami football stadium moves forward after final zoning approval

David Beckham’s dream of building a stadium for his soccer team in the city of Miami is about to be a reality after overcoming a major hurdle on Tuesday by winning the final zoning vote that will allow construction to begin on the billion dollar stadium complex. for InterMiami CF.

Dubbed the Miami Freedom Park, the billion-dollar project includes a 25,000-seat stadium, a 750-room luxury hotel, a shopping center and an office park. Miami City Commissioners voted 4-1 to pre-approve a “special area” at the current site of a golf course to accommodate the proposal. Commissioner Manolo Reyes, a constant opponent of the project, was the only one to vote against the zone plan.

The process will now begin an extensive environmental cleanup of the contaminated land beneath the golf course that is the site of the project, which is expected to radically transform the largest strip of park land owned by city taxpayers.

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David Beckham, who with his wife Victoria Beckham owns a $24 million Miami penthouse in the elite One Hundred Museum building, co-owns Inter Miami with billionaire Jorge Mas.

As part of the deal, which has drawn significant opposition, Inter Miami has pledged to provide $20 million to Miami for park improvements and a ‘living wage’ for future site employees, reported the point of sale.

Another area of ​​concern that had previously been raised by the Miami-Dade County Department of Aviation was the new development’s proximity to Miami International Airport. It’s unclear if airport issues will be another hurdle for the project.

The city has yet to sign the series of lease documents that commissioners approved in late April that allow Inter Miami owners to use the land for the next 99 years. New land appraisals have been ordered to determine the final annual rent, but they have not yet been finalized, according to a city spokesperson.

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