Martin and Soffer file bid for Miami Beach Convention Center hotel

June 15, 2018   |   South Florida Business Journal

By Brian Bandell

A partnership between developers David Martin and Jackie Soffer filed a bid to build a hotel at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

June 14 was the deadline for responses to the city’s request for proposals (RFP) for the convention center hotel, a project that’s been in the works for about a decade to allow for larger conventions in the city. The plan is to capitalize on the newly expanded convention center and allow guests to stay on site.

Miami Beach Connect, led by Martin and Soffer, was the only bidder.

The city’s evaluation committee will hear a presentation from the group at 9:30 a.m. on June 21. It would require city commission approval to go before voters in November.

More details about the proposal will be released at the meeting. However, the RFP said the hotel must have between 550 and 800 rooms. The maximum height would be 185 feet.

Martin is the president of Miami-based Terra, one of South Florida’s largest developers of residential and commercial real estate.

Soffer is chair and CEO of Aventura-based Turnberry Associates, which owns the Aventura Mall, the Turnberry Isle Resort, and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. She’s also built hotels around the country.

“The team’s proposal connects the hotel and convention center with important civic, cultural and commercial components, introduces new community-oriented programming, enhances streetscapes, improves mobility, and innovates with next-generation resiliency and sustainability features,” Miami Beach Connect said in a statement.

Once completed, the Convention Center District will serve as a key economic engine, deliver reliable long-term revenue to the city, and connect several Miami Beach neighborhoods, Miami Beach Connect said.

Its team includes Arquitectonica as lead architect, Dacra for urban planning, Rockwell Group for interior design, Meyer Davis for restaurant design, Spinnaker Group for LEED certification, Coastal Tishman as general contractor, Thorntown Tomasetti as structural engineering, and Kimley-Horn as traffic engineer.