County to seek 4-star hotel deals at Miami International Airport

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Written by Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow on December 21, 2021

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Three local companies shortlisted to build a 4-star, 350-key hotel at Miami International Airport have entered into individual negotiations with Miami-Dade County and a request for proposals (RFP) is due out by December 31. An answer is expected in early 2022, with one of the three to land the contract.

FDR Miami Hotel, Mainsail Development International and Parmco Airport Hospitality all have local ties and are interested in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of an airport hotel under a project agreement. , the chosen developer paying rent to the county.

“Once one of the companies has secured the contract with the approval of the County Commissioners Council and obtained the necessary permits, construction is expected to take three to three and a half years,” wrote Greg Chin. , director of communications for the aviation department. in Miami today.

A file from the internal services department published in July 2020 indicates that the project is a 53-year contract and that the proposed hotel must functionally and aesthetically integrate the project into the airport. “The project must comply with world-class standards for international airports and capable of meeting the current and future needs of MDAD airports,” the document said.

While details of the proposals received by the county are unknown because a cone of silence prevents communication regarding a request for proposals, the county’s specifications in the project brief cite a pedestrian bridge connecting the new hotel to Hall D.

“The dealer will be responsible for a new connector or provide an air-conditioned space in the Dolphin garage and connect to the existing terminal connector in the garage on the third floor of the terminal,” the document said.

The county is looking for a 4-star hotel with at least 350 rooms, a full-service restaurant and bar, 24-hour food and drink, business center services to travelers, and at least 20,000 square feet of meeting or banquet space.

Also, the county is looking for a fitness center, perhaps a few concession options, and valet parking. The aviation department would reserve 100 spaces for the hotel, so the developer wouldn’t need to build parking structures.

The FDR Miami Hotel, whose filing with the Florida Division of Corporations lists the New York address of global real estate developer The Related Companies, is founded and operated by principal owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross.

Mainsail Development International is a subsidiary of Tampa-based hotel builder and operator, Mainsail Lodging and Development, whose Miami-born founder and president Joe Collier previously worked for Marriott.

Parmco Airport Hospitality is owned by investor-developer Darryl Parmenter and real estate economic advisor Paul Lambert. The company has a controlling stake in the design of hotels based on a now defunct $ 512 million MIA development plan called Airport City.

“The concessionaire must have a proven track record in making and carrying out investments in projects and developments of similar scope, cost and schedule complexity,” the county document said.

Plans for a new hotel at the airport have been discussed since at least 2013, but it was in 2020 that the county commission asked the administration of former mayor Carlos Giménez to launch what was to be an invitation. to bid for three months.


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