MCR Could Add 2 Hotels to Miami Airport Hilton Property

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Hotel owner and operator MCR wants to add two hotels and a parking garage to its Hilton property near Miami International Airport.

The new hotel structures would rise on the northern and southern ends of the 20-acre plot of the Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, which is at 5101 Waterford District Drive, just south of the airport. The 886,293-square-foot hotel is also surrounded by a business district that’s home to offices of Burger King, Subway, Estée Lauder and other Fortune 500 companies.  

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The two buildings, both eight stories tall, would each house 200 rooms and be attached to four-story, 150-spot parking garages. In the middle, a five-story garage with 700 slots would also be erected, according to a pre-application filing to Miami-Dade County. 

The new development would replace a surface parking lot and tennis courts. The Hilton Miami Airport Blue Lagoon, a 14-story hotel with 508 rooms that was constructed in 1983, would remain. 

Last year, the New York-based firm paid $118 million for the property. A representative for MCR, the nation’s third-largest hotel operator by room count, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

MCR’s hotel development isn’t the only one planned near the Miami airport. A year ago, Jeffrey Soffer’s Fontainebleau Development and Stephen Ross’s Related Companies won approval from county officials for a joint luxury hotel right by the airport, but construction has yet to start. 

Julia Echikson can be reached at jechikson@commercialobserver.com