Bid deadline for Melreese project extended
By Deserae del Campo
Investors who want to build and operate a hotel and a possible mixed-use development on the grounds of Melreese Golf Course still have time to submit a proposal, as the Sept. 7 deadline was pushed back to Oct. 12.
Hurricane Katrina affected some investors interested in the project, said Lori Billberry, the city's acting director of economic development, at a Miami city commission meeting Thursday.
Meredith Nation, a spokeswoman for Ms. Billberry's department, said "a request for an extension was made by more than one team of registered respondents, and the city decided to grant the request."
Melreese, near Miami International Airport at 1802 NW 37th Ave., contains 135 acres, five lakes, 100 sand bunkers, nine waste bunkers and cypress wetlands.
City commissioners passed a resolution last summer that Melreese be opened to redevelopment and issued project details. The developer who wins the bidding must build a hotel containing up to 348 rooms, a clubhouse and pro shop and other amenities. A mixed-used development containing a parking lot, restaurants, entertainment facilities and retail shops is also an option.
Because the Melreese project is considered a Unified Development Project, the developer must submit a package combining planning and design, construction, leasing and management services.
"Once proposals are received," Ms. Nation said, "the review committee will convene to review them and deliberate until they have a recommendation to make to the city."