1809 Brickell Could Be Redeveloped As Soon As Next Year

The owner of 1809 Brickell will be permitted to evict low-income residents as soon as next year and redevelop the property, according to WLRN.

About 400 seniors now live in the affordable housing high rise now known as George Humphrey Tower (formerly Stanley Axlrod Towers), which sits on prime waterfront land.

The property was sold for $14 million to 1809 Brickell LP, controlled by Paulo Tavares de Melo.

In September 2019, Department of Housing and Urban Development restrictions that require the building be used as affordable housing will expire. De Melo said that although he has no legal obligation to do so, he will work with HUD and local government officials to assist in relocating residents.

 

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A. Nonymous
3 years ago

The building was built in 1966. Somewhere along the way an owner got a benefit from the government in exchange for the low income housing restriction.
That deal is ending in Sept ‘19. The owner is offering to do more than required in assisting with relocations.
HUD can find another building owner to enter into a new deal with, if they choose and are able.

Anonymous
3 years ago

originally built as low income housing for teachers. stayed as low income housing (until 2019) because that was part of the condition of the loan from HUD. teacher salaries increased, didnt qualify anymore, moved out. the owner “offered”, let’s wait to see actual before heaping praise.

A. Nonymous
3 years ago

Saying the owner is offering to do more than required is hardly heaping praise.
Agree that actions are what are important.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I guess some people will now start understanding what the term “gentrification” mean.

marc
3 years ago

damn… this is when capitalism rears its ugly head.

Anonymous
3 years ago

we need to kick out people to build space for people to leave empty.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your comments may have been true back in 2010 but this is simply not true anymore. Even foreign buyers who purchase condos in Brickell as investments rent them out. In fact the demand for rentals is so high that Panorama (a rental building) is almost completely full. This particular lot of land will be developed into units to be sold and/or rented in no time. The old folks home had a good run now it is time to pack it up and move.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Panorama is not anywhere near full. Yes, people live here, but no, Panorama is not full one week after opening.

Poo Poo
3 years ago

You can’t be serious about Panorama being full.

Anonymous
3 years ago

In some alternate universe Panorama is almost full. LMAO

Anonymous
3 years ago

I’m working at panorama and only about 12 residents so far

Anonymous
3 years ago

We need Rent Control in Mismi, like NYC. These FST CATS won’t be able to be served bcs the blue collar workers will be pushed out to the Redlands and beyond. Balanceos of the essence. Sure waterfront is what the wealthy pursue when buying here but… it won’t work.. who will wipe your butt clean??

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes.. this is sad.

Anonymous
3 years ago

In no way shape or form should low income housing be on water front property, it is to valuable to be housing people who do not pay market rate. Move them to west brickell if they want to remain in the area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Why not move them to East Little Havana? Lots of land there where they can build low income buildings.

Gene
3 years ago

Election Day is approaching – you should run for office.

Andrewn2
3 years ago

That’s very capitalistic if you. Heaven forbid anyone other than the rich live in buildings on the waterfront.

Anonymous
3 years ago

If you want to pay for some old fart to have a nice view be my guest. But my tax dollars can be used some where else to improve every ones lives.

Anonymous
3 years ago

That old fart will be you one day if your lucky enough. Hopefully after living a long life of paying plenty of taxes you are kicked out of your home and relocated to where a new generations tax dollars deem it necessary for you to move to.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What is the definition of rich?

Anonymous
3 years ago

The people who live there are not paying market rate.
They pay market rat minus X.
Where does the X come from to make up the difference?
The X amount of money are taxes collected (under the penalty of jail if not paid) by other people.
Is it FAIR for someone else to pay part of the waterfront rent for someone else involuntarily?
I say no.
This is a happy story of residences who have used a bad system for decades to have a Brickell address that they did not fully pay for.
Congratulations to them.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not really, when even developers who put on a virtue signaling face know there’s a limit when stuff like this and rent control on NYC apartments overlooking Central Park.

William
3 years ago

The teachers union got swindled. They sold that to this developer at a huge discount. I don’t understand why they would do that.

Anonymous
3 years ago

The teacher’s union swindles everybody, teachers and taxpayers, so school board career “public servants” can live large while education continues to rot.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Amen!

William
3 years ago

I actually agree with you. But usually the teachers union is doing the swindling. Maybe there was a backroom deal amongst the leaders that made the deal “happen”, we just don’t know about it. And I also agree that the unions are bad for all of us. They need to go away.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Because that’s what Unions do.

Anonymous
3 years ago

ugly head ? its called the free market. These old people could be relocated inland and tenants that are able to pay more could get bay views in an building that could house even more people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They’re literally building two senior apartments in liberty city right now. HUD is working with the landlord.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Thanks for letting us know… not the same level of neighborhood but then again the new buildings will be have modern amenities and same rent amount.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Capitalism’s ugly head is not as ugly as socialism’s face. Socialist countries and communist countries they kicked them out whether they like or not, and not even you can complaint!

Here they get relocated thanks to private institutions and our slow government machinery, at least they have more chance …. never seeing old people thrown on the streets !
Although the narrative of some people depicted that as a reality ( college professors and snowflakes in colleges)

They new construction will generate taxes and plenty of money and employments from valet parking to managers ( like the other condos on Brickell that produce money in taxes that the government eats like there’s no tomorrow ) that may help those people housing

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, all this new tax money from development is why Miami has it’s world class pubic transportation system, outstanding public schools, and terrific services for residents! Get real, the development in Miami is nothing less than a resource grab for a few moguls returning nothing in the form of increased public services.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Don’t blame my comment or the tax payer, blame everybody that voted all the time for politicians that do nothing !

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wow. “Nothing less than a resource grab”
I’ll bet you think that sounds like an intelligent response.
It isn’t.
Take a moment to calculate the ad valorem taxes paid on the building in 2017.
Then take add up the taxes paid every year at the Bristol Tower, or Villa Regina, etc.

Learn that about 40% of property taxes go to local schools.
Lean that properties in the boundaries of the DDA contribute to the neighborhood through TIF program.

Just get educated.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What local schools??? For the money we pay in taxes I don’t see too many schools in the area, the streets are a shame, hardly a trash container to put trash and the street scape sucks, where is my 10,000$ a year taxes for my 2/2 Brickell key condo?
And the other condos around that pay similar taxes

On the pocket of the politicians, I asume !!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

Bad assumption Brickell Key guy.
Get educated.
Rather than whine, look at the budgets…its public info.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“The biggest argument against Demicracy is a 5 minute conversation with an average voter.” Paraphrased from Winston Churchill

Anonymous
3 years ago

They are relocating them…. not killing or put them on the street… thanks to that ugly capitalism you sell condos to rich capitalists pigs , don’t you?

Anonymous
3 years ago

This is a stupid gov’t program. Neither Gov’t housing nor Gov’t interference have anything to do Free Market Capitalism.

Anonymous
3 years ago

It is VERY important to understand the difference between Free Market Capitalism and Crony Capitalism.
https://youtu.be/D3N2sNnGwa4

mondocondo
3 years ago

Wow, de Melo bought this prime property from the MDC teacher’s union pension fund for $14MM in 2014. Cheers.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Wow even though it was appraised at $36M and there were other offers made…$20M cash. Smells funny.

Anonymous
3 years ago

please keep the same entrance the trees are beautiful

Anonymous
3 years ago

The owners need to return the deposits that these elderly individuals had to provide in order to move in. My Mother being one of them. If they were going above and beyond to help the residents they would be returning the deposits. The elderly are being taken advantage of, once again. Lucky for my mother she has an advocate to fight for her. The local news outlets will be notified of this shortly.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Out with the old and in with the new… literally!

1809 Brickell Tenants Association
2 years ago

I realize this article and the comments are from more then a year ago, but as president of the tenants association at 1809 Brickell fighting to preserve not only our senior housing but also the thousands of other units in Miami – and a million units throughout the country – facing a similar situation of expiring government programs I can safely say that most of the comments demonstrate complete ignorance of the facts and the issues.

Miami is among the least affordable housing markets in the nation. Nearly 50% of the residents pay more then 30% of their income on housing. Half of those are paying above 50% of their income for housing. Most of those are seniors on fixed income, the disabled, and low to moderate income workers such as teachers, hospital and homecare workers, sales, and many office workers who form the backbone of our community. Those struggling to pay for housing are also struggling to pay for healthcare, food, clothing, transportation, education, childcare and all the other essentials of modern living.

I would hope those taking the time to write comments (mostly anonymously) would also take the time to learn more about the issue before commenting on it. As that old saying goes, “Put mind in gear before engaging mouth (or in this case posting comments).

Btw, since the story we have come a long way toward protecting the tenants and righting a wrong that never should have happened.

s.

jacqui Villazon
1 year ago

Good for you! Well said.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Even in Miami’s darkest days, what kind of idiot built housing for poor old people on prime real estate? It’s not like this area really experienced any decline either, always being a stable, high-income stretch.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is he an idiot?

Their family got 40 years of stable income, plus the land has appreciated how much during this time?

Genius, I would say.

mondocondo
3 years ago

Plus a tax advantaged HUD loan, and minimal equity investment, which is the reason for the 50 year restriction on the use of the property. Cheers

Poor Old Person (TBD)
3 years ago

LMAO “Poor Old People”…. Wait until you become Old. Going to send you to Doral, so you could stare at the dump all day 😉

Anonymous
3 years ago

Hahahahahaha
I agree with you. Being sent to Doral is like being sent to Siberia. I mean, imagine views of the Palmetto or views of the Turnpike or the Dolphin Mall. To me, Doral is a glorified Hialeah!!!!

Anonymous
3 years ago

When I become old, I hope to have a decent amount of money saved from working to live on and pass as inheritance. Of course, the welfare state Ponzi scheme by socialist and war criminal FDR known as “social security” might inhibit it me to spend my money as I please.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Your biggest fear should be the people your age who don’t think with their brains, but rather “think” with their feelings, emotions, and hearts.
Those people are dangerous.
They will destroy the country based on what they “feel” is the right thing to do.

Anonymous
3 years ago

They already did, AKA millennials and their boomer parents whose idea of a perfect world is from a John Lennon song.

Anonymous
3 years ago

“Even in Miami’s darkest days, what kind of idiot built housing for poor old people on prime real estate?”

This place wasn’t built for “poor old people” when it was constructed. Like one of the commenters above posted “the building was built in 1966.” If you do the math, that’s 52yrs ago. Down through the years, as more new structures began to rise along the waterfront in Brickell, it was the Department of Housing and Urban Development who placed restrictions on this building and said it had to be used as affordable housing which I, unlike you, give them kudos for looking out for the least of us.

One day you might get to experience what it’s like being old. Just pray you don’t get to experience it in the demeaning way you put it “Old and Poor!”

Anonymous
3 years ago

Well said Indeed. If there’s two certain things in life it’s that we’ll all grow old and we’ll all die someday….And if there are two Truthful comments on this thread they are that a)you are dead on with your comment, and b)that the poor “Anonymous” user who posted that original “what kind of idiot” comment is not only completely clueless about Miami real estate but is also shamefully completely IGNORANT about life itself.

Anonymous
3 years ago

How is it clueless? Why would you use HUD assistance for a bay front property when you can maximize value at market rate? Whatever, socialist rat…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Not much was going on when this was built. Zoning restrictions meant this was one of a few areas where you could build vertical.

Anonymous
3 years ago

This building was built by the teachers union so retired teachers could have an affordable place to live.

Anonymous
3 years ago

this was built in the 60s you idiot

aceraroja
3 years ago

Fucking gangsters run this country at every level, and uniquely to the US, common people furiously cheer because they were chosen to be tossed a few extra scraps and made to believe one day they’ll be a zillionaire.

Anonymous
3 years ago

lmao uniquely to the U.S ? Man commie why should the county subsidize seniors living on the bay ? The landlord is working with HUD to relocate. Go move to Venezuela.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Venezuela , Cuba and Nicaragua are calling …. they want this commentator back!!(:-)

Anonymous
3 years ago

Working and middle class is better any day and any time in this capitalism gangster society that any citizen in any proletarian paradise !

George Washington
3 years ago

Capitalism which has lifted BILLIONS out of poverty.
The United States is the most charitable nation in the world.
****ing Communist.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You are really Red ( Rojo) with this comment…. I guess you’re showing your tru color red!