$31-Million Development Project Begins At Port Of Miami

A $31-million maritime office/ restaurant/retail complex on Dodge Island, Miami, Fla., named "A Seamark at the Port," signals a resurgence of Miami's waterfront development and further expansion of the cruise industry. Development by Miami Seaport Partners, Ltd., a joint venture of Warsham Brothers Company, Inc. and TechniDevelopment Corporation, the 13.8-acre port expansion is the first private undertaking in the Port of Miami's history.

Arquitectonica International Corporation, the innovative Miamibased architectural firm, has designed a reflective silver tile and glass complex combining two new cruise terminals, a 14-story office tower, 19,000 square feet of retail space, 31,000 square feet of warehousing area, 1,158 surface parking spaces, and Dodge Island's first fullservice restaurant, with 250 seats.

With groundbreaking scheduled for the first quarter of this year, the first phase of the development will be the two terminals, equipped to service two or three cruise ships by the end of 1986.

The Port of Miami, known in the industry as the cruise capital of the world, last year served more than 2.3 million passengers aboard 20 cruise ships now docking at the port's nine terminals, far exceeding any other U.S. port in passenger load. Due to the phenomenal growth of the cruise industry, several lines are building a total of six new ships.

Two of these will be ready to operate by mid-86 and will require space at the Port of Miami.

The entire commercial complex is scheduled for occupancy by the fall of 1987, which will coincide with the opening of a new four-lane, fixedspan bridge linking Dodge Island with the mainland.

To build the new terminals, Metro-Dade County entered into an agreement with Miami Seaport Partners, Ltd. whereby the developers would lease land from the county to build the entire project. The County would then lease back the terminal portion of the project, leaving the remainder of the property to be developed and managed by Miami Seaport Partners. In conjunction with the maritime complex, the developers have also agreed to contribute up to $1.3 million in sitework and port improvements.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Mar 1986 Nicola Davis

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