Lots of neighbors have that question on their minds today, with the reveal yesterday by Malaysian gaming company Genting of its conceptual design for The Miami Herald property at the west end of the Venetian Causeway.
If you haven’t been following this issue: In May, Genting purchased The Miami Herald building and the 14 acres around it, including the Boulevard Shops. They’ve given the newspaper two years (rent free) to find a new location and move there.
Meanwhile, Genting has purchased more land around The Herald site, most recently adding the Omni tract north of 15th Street on Biscayne Boulevard.
On Wednesday, the company released elaborate — even fanciful — renderings of the plan for The Herald property, revealing the massive scale of the project — 5,200 hotel rooms in four different hotels, 50 restaurants, a massive casino, and more. Completion target: The end of 2014.
The Herald published two stories with renderings of what’s being proposed, including comment from Jack Hertog of the Venetian Islands Neighborhood Alliance: “It is right next to our community and we have real traffic concerns about getting on and off the islands and about the aethetics for Miami as a whole.”
You will want to watch this closely.