Enclosed Mall No Longer Part of Miami Worldcenter Plan

The company behind the Miami Worldcenter project has decided they won't be going through with plans for an enclosed mall.

Taubman Centers, Inc., which is planning the massive development in downtown Miami, said they're now pursuing a "high street retail plan" for the development.

“We’ve invested a significant amount of time on the project," Chairman Robert Taubman said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we were unable to structure an enclosed mall program that meets our investment criteria."

Ten blocks of shops, restaurants and residential units are part of the plan, which is expected to transform the area that butts up to Miami's Overtown neighborhood.

Advocates criticized the plan at a July meeting of the Miami-Dade County Commission, claiming the project could push some residents out. Activists with the Dream Defenders also said they want jobs for Overtown residents.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said an agreement in writing, with the developer, addresses that issue. "We will be training people in Overtown to be in position to apply for and be eligible for the jobs that are created by that development," he said at the meeting.

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