The plan was to build an eight-story, 210-room hotel on theparcel. The request for proposal notice went out after the MiamiDepartment of Off-Street Parking decided not to develop theproperty itself.

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When Playhouse Developers missed the construction startdeadline, the ground lease was terminated. Now the theater isasking the state for a lease on the entire corner property at 3500Main Highway and Charles Street.

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The hotel backers allege the theater is attempting a land graband may challenge the move in court. Nevertheless, a spokespersonfor the Florida Department of State, which oversees the land,expects the ground lease with the theater to go forward.

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