Graham Ross Towers Proposed In Overtown With 122 Residential Units

A developer has submitted a proposal to build Graham Ross Towers on property controlled by the Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Association.

The proposal was submitted in response to an RFP by the CRA for land adjacent to the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Only one submission was received.

The CRA board will consider the proposal at a meeting on July 22.

Tampa affordable housing developer Blue Sky Communities submitted the proposal, using an affiliate called Mt. Zion Development Associates, Ltd.

The developer will use 9% Tax Credit financing and may also apply for SAIL funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Graham Ross Towers is proposed to include:

  • 122 elderly affordable housing units
  • 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail
  • 208 parking spaces within the first four stories, most of which will be available for public use

The property will feature 12 studios, 96 one-bedrooms, and 14 two-bedrooms. 70% of the units will be set aside for residents making 60% or less of the area median income, 15% set aside for residents making 30% or less of the area median income and the remaining 15% set aside for residents making 80% less of the area median income.

Amenities will include covered parking, an exterior deck, and multiple common spaces.

Behar Font is the architect.

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Sorely needed affordable units – at 122 units need about 100 more of these buildings…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Good infill and walking distance for the elderly to aldi and target

Anonymous
4 months ago

It Nice seeing Over town get some love.

Anonymous
4 months ago

It looks like a funeral home on steroid!

EJS
4 months ago

Yes!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yikes. Go back to the drawing board

Anonymous
4 months ago

Where exactly is the street address🤔

Anonymous
4 months ago

Affordable housing for the elderly, yet it looks better than that “luxury” Soleste Grand Central box and clusterf**k of balconies.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yeah.. but the “Soleste” tower still looks better than that Natiivo tower.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Only 12 studios out of 1222 units? Suprised not more.

Anonymous
4 months ago

122 not 1222

Anonymous
4 months ago

lot of parking for that mix and little public need over there

Anonymous
4 months ago

Gentrification

Anonymous
4 months ago

lol

Anonymous
4 months ago

The Miami Lakes/ Palmetto Bay resident who has no family ties to OT and always saying the G word. The area is getting better, also what is the name you would use if the current population of overtown was to move to your area ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Ghettofication

Anonymous
4 months ago

😂😂😂😂

Anonymous
4 months ago

Gentrification is what happens when Alvin Gentry becomes your basketball coach.

Anonymous
4 months ago

“also what is the name you would use if the current population of overtown was to move to your area ?”

The name he would use will be “zoning change” a great idea of Obama and Biden to make upper class neighborhoods like Palmetto Bay and Miami Lakes more “diverse”

Of course when that happens, people leave the area and the property taxes goes down !! 🧐

Anonymous
4 months ago

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation as an existential threat to the suburban way of life that will bring about more crime and lower home prices.🤓🤓🤓

Anonymous
4 months ago

If you live in the suburbs or you’re a city dweller eyeing a move to a quiet cul-de-sac where your kids can play outside, you need to know about Joe Biden’s plan for a federal takeover of local zoning laws.

The ex-veep wants to ramp up an Obama-era social engineering scheme called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing that mercifully barely got underway before President Trump took office, vowing to stop it.

Biden’s plan is to force suburban towns with single-family homes and minimum lot sizes to build high-density affordable housing smack in the middle of their leafy neighborhoods — local preferences and local control be damned.

Starting in 2015, President Barack Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development floated a cookie-cutter requirement for “balanced housing” in every suburb. “Balanced” meant affordable even for people who need federal vouchers. Towns were obligated to “do more than simply not discriminate,” as a 2013 HUD proposal explained. Rather, towns had to make it possible for low-income minorities to choose suburban living and provide “adequate support to make their choices possible.”

Had the rule been implemented nationwide, towns everywhere would have had to scrap zoning, build bigger water and sewer lines to support high-density living, expand schools and social services and add mass transit. All pushing up local taxes. Towns that refused would lose their federal aid.

The rule was one of the worst abuses of the Obama-Biden administration — a raw power grab masquerading as racial justice.

In Westchester, County Executive Rob Astorino battled the Obama-Biden administration for years, successfully resisting the baseless smear of racism. Zoning laws limit what can be built in a neighborhood in neutral fashion, Astorino explained, not who can live there.

To be absolutely clear, denying anyone the chance to rent or buy a home because of their race is abhorrent and illegal. It should be prosecuted whenever it still happens.

African Americans have been steadily leaving inner cities and choosing suburban lifestyles, according to Brookings Institution data. Many families — of all races — want the peace of mind of letting their kids ride bikes around quiet neighborhood streets. That’s what zoning laws provide.

The real barrier to suburban living is money not race !!
Living in the ’burbs isn’t cheap. “people can only afford to live in certain places.” It’s “not because George Wallace is blocking the door.”

Biden and the equality warriors are using accusations of racism to accomplish something different. Their message is: You worked and saved to move to the suburbs, but you can’t have that way of life unless everyone else can, too.

🧐

Anonymous
4 months ago

People move from inner cities to have a better live ! When the are able to afford it.. even minorities move to suburbs when they get better economic solvency… but the liberals and they Obama people use the race card to force they socialist agenda !!
NIMBY !! 😛

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Look, if you wanna talk shit, learn how to master the English language first.

Anonymous
4 months ago

When you have a good argument to debate 😝. You won’t need to criticize the grammar

Anonymous
4 months ago

“When you have a good argument to debate 😝. You won’t need to criticize the grammar”

Okay Republicon, anything you say…

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not need to be offensive either… argue with facts No insults or grammar correction! 🤪

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Look who’s talking, somebody who unnecessarily assigned a label to people, dragged the name of a president he/she despises along with the people who prefer him, attached to people a certain political and economic system, and then forced all those talking points into the conversation plus do it with shitty grammar!

Stop whining.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The term is neighborhood improvement.
Gentrification is when wealthy people displace poor people.
2020 M-D area median family income is $59,100.
60% of that works out to $2955/month or less income for most of the future residents.
Hardly wealthy.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Exactly, the dope forgot to read that the Overtown CRA is the neighborhood agency wanting this new, affordable housing in their neighborhood