Construction Permit Filed For Block 55, Will Include Multiple Floors Of Retail & Residences

A construction permit appears to be pending for the Block 55 project in Overtown.

City records show that the developer appears to be using a private provider for the review of plans – which is generally more expensive but faster.

Developers Swerdlow Group, SJM Partners (Stephen Garchik), and Alben Duffie are planning the mixed-use project. It will include:

  • 578 affordable apartment units
  • 355,000 square feet of retail space
  • around 1,050 parking spaces
  • 1,400 square foot police substation

Tenants will include Target, Aldi, Ross, Ulta, Burlington, and Youfit.

On November 16, the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA voted unanimously to amend the development agreement, including changing the affordable housing component.

Under the new deal, 100% of units will be affordable housing. Half will be offered to individuals or families earning up to fifty percent of the Miami-Dade County Area Median Income, with the other half of the remaining units designated for individuals or families earning between fifty percent and eighty percent of the AMI.

Previously, just 20% of apartments were to be offered as affordable housing.

 

Update: Terra Group is no longer a partner on the project

 

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Anonymous
11 months ago

Long overdue and sorely needed hopefully it’s the anchor that initiates more projects into Overtown and surrounding area.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Wow. 100% affordable

Anonymous
11 months ago

Love this project and proves that not all buildings have to be massively tall. It’s good to have a mix and variety.

Anonymous
11 months ago

That area can use buildings much taller.

eymay
11 months ago

all new buildings east of i95 should be 500ft or more

Suomynona
11 months ago

It should be much taller given the location

Anonymous
11 months ago

nice infill project with good companies. Should help get more development in the area with that additional foot traffic

Anonymous
11 months ago

Overtown looking good.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Finally Overtown is stepping up. So many opportunities there.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Super nice to have affordable housing with retail right in the building fantastic. Lucky residents.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Should be taller

Anonymous
11 months ago

Nice. I love it.

Charles E. Culpepper
11 months ago

Once again the powers that be choose to call housing with below market rent “affordable housing.” It is “subsidized housing”. If below market rent housing is considered “good public policy”, then so be it; however, a concrete block, a cubic yard of concrete, a sheet of gypsum board and/or construction labor cost the same whether a component of subsidized housing or a luxury condominium. If the tenant does not pay the market price, the general public pays the difference. If the decision is to provide submarket housing, then at least call it what it is: subsidized housing. Don’t lie to the general public who will pay the bill in higher taxes. And please note: I always provide my name when I make a comment.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Oh shut the heck up! Affordable housing means in short it’s affordable… We all know the rent will be over $1000 a month but that is affordable!

Anonymous
8 months ago

do some research on the financial mechanisms of subsidizing the cost of affordable housing. Very little of it comes from your taxes.

Anonymous
11 months ago

I tell you what this place will definitely be 100% occupied when it opens! You live on top of retail an Aldi with brightline, publix and post office across the street! You will also feel extra safe with a police sub-station beneath you an close proximity to AAA, Bayside and MWC all this at an affordable price. Hell I might try to rent here!

Anonymous
11 months ago

So tax payers subsidize the cheap rent for low income people to live at low prices where others pay very high prices… ?!

Suomynona
11 months ago

Yes, segregating housing is not something that should be promoted by you or anyone else.

Anonymous G
11 months ago

Agreed!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Meanwhile, the Publix across the street (in MiamiCentral) still hasn’t built out, over a year after the building is complete

Anonymous
11 months ago

Waiting for brightline to restart.

Anonymous G
11 months ago

Fantastic additon!

Anonymous
11 months ago

great!!!

Anonymous
11 months ago

I’m just North of this project. Looking forward to seeing all of Third Ave redeveloped up to Wynwood. Much love from an Overtown Owner from the Northeast.

Anonymous
10 months ago

hidden Gentrification efforts at its finest. Great variety of Tenants and happy to see this area getting the attention it deserves. Eventually there won’t be any more waterfront land to expound upon causing all the developers to build out west slowly but surely.

Anonymous
11 months ago

No shore power???

Anonymous
11 months ago

Affordable housing next to the polluting highway

Anonymous
11 months ago

Hurricanes, rising oceans due to global warming, rising population, more cars on the roads, lacking mass transit, covid 19, etc etc etc…..

I think “affordable housing next to the polluting highway” is one of the least things the people in MiamiDade County worry about.

Anonymous
11 months ago

OR, affordable housing in the urban core, there’s going to be a huge list of people eager to get in.

Anonymous
11 months ago

There’s always a jackass who has to find a negative in everything.