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
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
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- Highly accessible by land and air.
- Downtown Miami is a quick 5 mile drive via
- Adjacent State Road 836 traversed by 139,000
Adjacent Developments Planned Include:
The International Destination of Greater Miami and
- Destination to more than 5.7 million visitors in
- 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
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
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
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
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