Trump Studio City May Rise in South Miami-Dade

South Miami-Dade could be home to a major film production studio, built by Donald Trump, if the plan pitched to the county commission last Tuesday gets approval.

South Miami-Dade could be home to a major film production studio, built by Donald Trump, if the plan pitched to the county commission last Tuesday gets approval.

The Trump Studio City project was presented to the commission on June 5 by Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe A. Martinez. Martinez, who is running against Mayor Carlos Gimenez in the August election, surprised the audience with the unveiling of the plan, which was not included on the meeting’s agenda.

Martinez had reportedly sat down and planned the project with Donald Trump—who was not present at the meeting—after Trump’s purchase of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa earlier this year.

Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel with the Trump Organization, did attend the meeting, adding that the project could add thousands of new jobs and bring hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new revenue.

Planned for development on hundreds of acres near the Homestead Air Reserve Base, the Trump Studio City would be twice the size of Los Angeles’ Universal Studios—with speculated studio sizes ranging from 25,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet. As seen in the architectural renderings (made by John Fotiadis Architect PLLC), several connected plazas would be surrounded by tall media centers and palm-lined boulevards.

According to the Miami Herald, the project would use, in part, county-owned land previously targeted in a failed bid to build a commercial airport on 800 acres near Homestead Air Reserve Base. Even if the plan gets approval, there are still many unknowns—such as who owns the land or how much of it is contaminated and not fit to build on.

Commissioners voted unanimously to give the county attorney 90 days to study the proposal; if the commission OKs the findings, the county will have another 90 days to work out land deals to get a working contract in order.

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