MIAMI—Miami is still buzzing about plans for retired soccer starDavid Beckham and his partners to build a Major League Soccer (MLS)stadium in Downtown Miami—and probably will be for the months andyears ahead as the project works through city approvals andconstruction. There's plenty to consider, from how the stadiumcould impact the area's real estate market to traffic and parkingissues and more.

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GlobeSt.com caught up with John Alschuler,chairman of HR&A Advisors—the urban planningconsultancy behind the Beckham team's vision—to discuss these andother issues in part two of this exclusive interview. You can stillread part one: How David Beckham's Vision Impacts Miami.

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GlobeSt.com: Downtown Miami is undergoing a buildingboom once again. What does a new soccer stadium mean for the area'sreal estate market?

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Alschuler: This project is a marketing trifectafor the Miami real estate community, aligning a global city withthe world's most popular sport and David Beckham's internationalbrand. That powerful combination is resonating with real estateinvestors, downtown developers, and local property owners.

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At street level, members of the residential andcommercial real estate community believe addingmore park space and creating a continuous bay walk is a tremendousasset for downtown. And remember, many investors from Latin Americaand Europe have already seen first-hand how great public parks,museums, and soccer stadiums can enhance an urban core. We believethis model can work in Miami—and our owners are committed toinvesting more than $250 million to see it through.

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GlobeSt.com: How does your plan address traffic andparking around the stadium?

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Alschuler: Because the vast majority of MLSgames take place on Saturday afternoons and evenings, we'll beactivating downtown when it's otherwise quiet. A study by KimleyHorn found that there will be 10,000 parking spaces within a15-minute walk of our stadium, which is more than enough capacityfor our 20,000-seat venue.

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We expect 20% of our fans will arrive by public transit or onfoot, which is part of the urban experience we'll be creating. Ourfans will be immersed in downtown from the time they exit theMetromover, to the time they enter the stadium, and when they visitnearby restaurants and bars following the match.

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GlobeSt.com: Your firm, HR&A Advisors, has beeninvolved in some of the nation's most significant urban projects ofthe past decade. How does Miami's downtown compare to othercities?

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Alschuler: Our team has been fortunate to workon signature projects around the world, from the High Line andBrooklyn Bridge Park in New York, to Olympic Park in London. Miamiis unique because the city has recently begun embracing the ideathat the urban core can be a destination unto itself.

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This is a result of new public and private investments indowntown infrastructure as well as the influence of people comingfrom other places who are accustomed to urban settings. As moreresidents and visitors arrive in downtown, the need for activepublic spaces and accessible waterfront will grow. Our plan forMuseum Park addresses both of those priorities.

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GlobeSt.com: What are the next steps in thisprocess?

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Alschuler: Our team's intention to bring an MLSteam to Miami became public late last year and we've since seen anoutpouring of support from local residents, businesses, and fanswho are passionate about soccer and believe Miami deserves its ownclub. Now that we've identified the best site for this project,we're beginning to share our plans with city residents who willvoice their support during a ballot referendum in November.

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Once approved by voters, we'll go through permitting andenvironmental reviews at the local, state and federal levels.Everything we're hearing from the community indicates that Miami isready to welcome an MLS team with open arms.

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