Work Underway On 70-Unit Island Living Project In Overtown

Another housing project is under construction in Overtown.

Island Living, with 70 units of affordable housing, is being built at 1201 NW 3rd Ave. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week, although work has been underway for some time.

The ground floor of the eight-story building will include 5,000 square feet of commercial space. There will also be pedestrian friendly walkways, a playground area for children, green space and parking

At least 50% of the units in the eight-story tower will be dedicated to households with incomes that do not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income. The remaining units are dedicated to households with incomes not to exceed 120% of the Area Median Income.

Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes are the developers. Financing comes from a bond issues by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.



  1. Anonymous

    March 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I really hope that 20-30 years down the line these affordable housing projects built in these areas do not become “the projects”. This is smack dab in Overtown where it is even risky driving by with your doors locked and windows shut.

    • Anonymous

      March 26, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      It’s a shame it’s so dangerous there. This part of town has some really great potential. The main road through there could be quite nice.

    • suomynona

      March 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      It will literally be mere blocks from World Center and All Aboard Florida. In 20-30 years that area will be so built up, and in-filled, it’ll blend in with with what we currently consider “downtown”. There will be a denser urban corridor build up from downtown to the health district. It’s inevitable, and it’s already happening.

      There are relatively new housing properties all over Overtown. There are two buildings nearing completion just west of 7th Ave/BTW HS. There are fairly new buildings at 8th St Rd/7th Ave, the NW 6th-8th St/5th-6th Ave area, 4th St/95. There’s another project or two that looks like it’s new-ish (from perhaps no earlier than the last “boom”), but I don’t know for certain. They have pretty nice curb appeal, too. I know several of them are affordable housing.

      If it turns into “projects” in the next 20-30 years, well, at least they’ll be nicer looking than what’s currently there. But that comment of yours seems more prejudicial than anything. I’m a Caucasian that regularly drives through the area and have never had a “risky” situation.

      • suomynona

        March 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        Tuscan Place, Madison View and Labre Place are a few of the developments I mentioned that are also affordable housing.

      • Anonymous

        March 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

        I’m not talking about a risky situation, I’m talking about plenty of sketchy people and many of times I’ve seen prostitutes getting arrested.

        Anyone who drives on nw7th or 12th has seen it, lets not try and act oblivious.

        • suomynona

          March 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

          You’re the one that said “risky”. I simply used your own adjective.

          I gave examples of affordable housing in the area that have ENHANCED the neighborhood. I used reasoning to explain that nearby developments will only further improve the neighborhood.

          Nobody is arguing that it’s not generally full of blight and poverty. Much of downtown proper is full of blight, but nobody doubts its redevelopment potential. Regardless, I have to think Overtown’s better off than it was 10 years ago, and in “20-30 years” it will be better still.

  2. Anonymous

    March 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    this is an area that needs investment and jobs! providing housing at multiple levels of the spectrum will bring the area opportunities for commercial space and jobs for the residents of this neglected but historical part of Miami. this was once a thriving community and it can be that again if we all work together

    • Obviously

      March 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Yes, it was once “quite” a thriving community, until the white controlled power structure in Miami at that time decided to try an kill it by disecting Overtown with expressways.

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