Project Overview

At this time, the City of Miami is seeking a qualified private real estate developer to create a premier mixed-use project adjacent to the Miami International Airport, one of the nation's busiest international air terminals. The approximately 135-acre property is currently being utilized as a public golf course. The City intends to lease the property for operation of golf related amenities including a club house, pro-shop and hotel.

To accomplish the development objective, an integrated package of services from the successful proposer will be sought and include: planning and design, construction, leasing, and management. The procurement process utilized by the City to secure these services is referred to as a Unified Development Project (“UDP”).

The City of Miami Commission declared the Melreese Golf Course to be a UDP on July 29, 2004 and authorized the drafting of a Request For Proposals (“RFP”).  The contents of the RFP document were approved at a Public Hearing on April 6, 2006. The document was made available to the public on June 13, 2006. Proposals are due on September 12, 2006.

Where is Melreese Golf Course?

The property is located at 1802 N.W. 37th Avenue (a/k/a Douglas Road). The property is bound on the west by N.W. 42nd Avenue (also known as LeJeune Road) which is a major north-south road and a primary access roadway to the Miami International Airport. To the south, the property is bordered by N.W. 14th Street and Grapeland Heights Park, a popular municipal recreation facility. The property is bound on the east by N.W. 37th Avenue and to the north by the Tamiami Canal. Situated directly across the street to the east is a stabilized residential neighborhood with active community participation.

What is the Unified Development Process?

The Unified Development Project (UDP) process is a procedure by which the City of Miami may convey an interest (long term lease) in real property to the private sector for the development of improvements, which requires the private sector entity to provide a combination of planning and design, construction, leasing and management services. Such projects are determined, by action of the Miami City Commission, to be Unified Development Projects. Section 29-A(c) of the City Charter and Section 18-87 of the City Code provide legal guidelines for the UDP process. These sections can be found within the City Code of Ordinances .

On July 22, 2004, the City of Miami Commission passed a resolution stating that the Melreese Golf Course should be the subject of development and further that the best way to develop this parcel was by using the UDP process.

The UDP process and all other business conducted with the City of Miami is subject to Section 18-74 of the City. The ordinance “Cone of Silence” mandates that except for at public hearings and scheduled presentations, contact with the City regarding a RFP or any aspect of a proposal by a respondent or any representative of a respondent shall be limited to written communications until such time that a developer is recommended by the City Manager to the City Commission.

All questions or requests for additional information must be asked and answered in writing via certified mail. These answers will be provided in the form of addenda to the RFP. Any responses to such questions or requests shall be furnished via certified mail to all registered RFP recipients within 10 days following receipt of letter and will also be kept on file at the office of the City Clerk. Respondents who purchase an official copy of the RFP and submit the $150 fee will be considered “registered” to participate in the UDP process.

All business conducted with government agencies within the state of Florida, including the City of Miami, is subject to the Government in the Sunshine Law, Chapter 286 of the Florida Statutes, commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Law”.

What is an RFP?

When the City of Miami Commission determines that a solicitation should be made to private vendors, developers, or consultants for services or products, a Request For Proposals (RFP) is issued. Similarly, when the City Commission determines that City owned land would be best utilized for a specific use or mix of uses, a RFP is issued to solicit interest from qualified developers. The City cannot sell or lease properties with a value greater than $500,000, unless three proposals are received or the sale or lease is approved by public referendum.

Golf/Hotel Development Opportunity Project Details

The City of Miami is seeking proposals from qualified developers for an unparalleled opportunity to plan, design, construct, lease and manage the development of improvements to an existing municipal golf course located immediately adjacent to the Miami International Airport and minutes from downtown Miami.

Project Details:

  • Approx. 135 acres of land*, 5 lakes, 100 sand bunkers, 9 waste bunkers and a cypress wetland.
  • Offered for a 50 year initial lease term with options for two 10 year renewals.
    Existing course redesigned by Charles Mahannah in 1997 as part of a $3.5 Million renovation.
  • Required Uses: Clubhouse, Pro Shop, Hotel and related amenities
  • At developer’s discretion the allowable mix of additional uses include: entertainment, educational, cultural, hotel time share, retail, restaurants, recreation and ancillary support facilities such as office and parking.
  • City will assist in obtaining regulatory and other permits for the project to the extent feasible.

Property’s Central Location:

  • Immediately adjacent to the Miami International Airport
  • Highly accessible by land and air.
  • Downtown Miami is a quick 5 mile drive via expressway.
  • Adjacent State Road 836 traversed by 139,000 cars daily.

Adjacent Developments Planned Include:

The International Destination of Greater Miami and the Beaches:

  • Destination to more than 5.7 million visitors in 2004.
  • Miami International Airport ranks 3rd in the U.S. for international passenger travel.
  • South Beach ranked No. 2 of America’s Best Beaches by the Travel Channel in 2000.
  • Popular destinations include: Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium, Parrot Jungle Island, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Historical Museum of South Florida, Vizcaya, Miami Seaquarium and South Beach.
  • National sporting events include: Miami Grand Prix, Ericcson Tennis Championship, Doral-Ford Golf Open, Royal Caribbean Golf Classic, Orange Bowl Football Classic.

This unique opportunity to partner with the City of Miami to create a premier destination is available through a Request for Proposals and is subject to the “Cone of Silence” in accordance with City Code Section 18-74.

In order to be placed on our official list of respondents to be considered and to receive the Request for Proposals, interested parties must submit a written request accompanied by a $150 official bank check, money order, or cashier’s check payable to the City of Miami to:

City of Miami
Department of Public Facilities
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 3rd Floor Miami, FL 33130
Attention: Aldo Bustamante

Requests must include the name of the company or interested party, complete mailing address, email address, telephone and fax number and a contact person. A copy of the RFP will be mailed upon receipt of the written request.

The Cone of Silence ordinance mandates that contact with the City regarding the RFP shall be limited to written communication. Prospective developers may contact the City by faxing Mr. Aldo Bustamante at (305) 400-5061 or via email at

RFP Executive Summary
RFP Document