Rainbow Village: Developer Applies For Construction Permit To Build 310 Apartments In Overtown

The developer planning to rebuild an Overtown public-housing project known as Rainbow Village has applied for a construction permit.

Rainbow Village is located directly on the border of Overtown and Wynwood.

According to the construction permit filing, the first phase of Rainbow Village will include:

  • 310 rental units
  • 12,978 square feet of retail

The building height will be 7 stories.

Of the 310 apartments planned, there will be 102 affordable housing units, 52 extremely low income housing units, and 156 workforce housing units.

The existing public housing project was built in 1972 and includes 136 units in two-story garden-style structures. It has been described as contributing to blight in the area.

In 2021, the developer won approval from the county to redevelop the property, and also requested approval from the city for a rezoning to allow up to 670 units.

The new project will be mixed income, pedestrian friendly, and with ground floor retail, the developer has said.

According to the website of architect Zyscovich, the project will have green building certification.

The project includes over 1900 new residential units, a new MDCPS K-8 Magnet School, 1.5 acre Neighborhood Community Park, community gardens and green rooftop terraces, a community center and arts and culture museum, recreation and wellness spots, tech hub centers; retail; a shared kitchen incubator, and community-oriented services, Zyscovich wrote.

Housing Trust Group is the developer.

 

 

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Neo
1 month ago

Garden-style structures / 7 stories / mixed income / pedestrian friendly… more projects like that please. Amazing. Bravo!

Zonked
1 month ago

It’s a great start but it needs to be at least 10 times bigger to even begin addressing the housing crisis in Miami

Rebuild the Core
1 month ago

This is perfect for this community as well as Allapattah (GSA SITE similar). No need for large towers especially for families with kids or the elderly which is the aim of an affordable or workforce many times. Building small communities with parks, community centers, and retail is needed. There is plenty of vacant lot in Allapattah, Overtown, and Brownsville to add thousands of nice units not in large ivory towers to help with the housing crisis. Many times if you build just a bunch of large buildings folks are not familiar with an area or if it’s been stigmatized don’t move but if you build the community amenities its uplifts all.

Zonked
1 month ago

Bigger doesn’t have to mean vertical. Why stop this concept at 1900 units in one neighborhood? Miami should pull a full Barcelona and build superblocks of walkable medium density neighborhoods all across the outer city.

Tomas
1 month ago

I agree. Bigger doesn’t have to mean vertical.

MM305
1 month ago

Agreed, but some verticality is needed because those two-story concrete pill boxes are a bad look in a city like Miami now. to match the crazy growth of the city the new housing complexes need to have some verticality to match the surrounding areas and provide more units. The feelings will be hurt, but oh well.

anon
1 month ago

lots of rainbow drugs

Conno Sir
1 month ago

This will be great for Overtown.

Yomoma
1 month ago

But not for the people but it was gna happen eventually lmao

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

Good more density and will blend into the wynwood apartments being built.

Anonymous
1 month ago

this is going to jumpstart all kinds of development from 20 street south and miami ave to 95…

AmazoniaBabe
1 month ago

Nice and colorful!

Anonymous
1 month ago

it’s good that the this project was designed with workforce and affordable housing in mind

Anonymous
1 month ago

I hope Overtown grows as much as Wyndwood did. It would be great!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I always thought “Rainbow Village” had such a nice ring to it and could become a staple Miami neighborhood like Wynwood, Overtown, and Coconut Grove. This area is ripe for development and I can’t wait to see this unfold.

Anonymous
1 month ago

They could make it into an LGBTQ area!!🌈

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why does rainbow have to always mean that?

Anonymous
1 month ago

We already have Miami Beach

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

Coconut Grove is gone. It’s golden era was in the 1970s.

Not Anonymous
1 month ago

Coconut grove is booming with development and is a wonderful place to live

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

No. It’s pretty much ruined now.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please.. Coconut grove is swanky and getting more swanky as we speak.

Anonymous
1 month ago

👏👏👏

anon
1 month ago

What are “extremely low income” units?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Represents an income threshold of 30% of AMI (area median income)

Dean
1 month ago

Income = does not include government transfers

pork rinds
1 month ago

or tax scams for developers on the big gubmint teat….and dont fergit the precious air rights transfers….and which commissioner got the kickbacks here

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

People that live below the poverty line.

Stranger
1 month ago

What is the price for low income Apts compared to affordable housing

Mark
1 month ago

30% of your income for both. They only difference is who qualifies.

Anonymous
1 month ago

You can’t wait to cruise this area to look for big black cocs can you?

Pickle Rick
1 month ago

It had better be affordable housing for low income people and working class. I know it says it in the article buuuttt……

Downtowner
1 month ago

I might be wrong, but I’m pretty sure 20th St. is the dividing line between Overtown (south side of 20th) and Wynwood (north side). Being on the north side of 20th St., the current complex and the proposed new one are actually in Wynwood and not Overtown. I don’t know why the article’s title says Overtown.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, but this redevelopment will make a great transitory area.

Humble
1 month ago

It’s Overtown . That’s why why the article states that. People tried to buy the apartments and the school next to it to expand wynwood. But that part is still Overtown

Bryan Riley
1 month ago

Yup, Overtown crosses 20th st at just this portion and the Dunbar School until you get to Mana.

Muhammad
1 month ago

Should have been homeownership

Strebor
1 month ago

I hate people that shout their opinions from across the hall. You folks who never spend time or make an effort to visit the neighborhood they criticize.

Anonymous
1 month ago

This sounds like a great area in which to live for homo thugs on the down low lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

ABC Elementary School

That sounds like a place you’ll hear on the news that somebody took his AR15 assault rife in and….

Anonymous
1 month ago

What an oddly worded article. Wouldnt it just have been easier to say that the project has 1900 units and of those, they will have 102 affordable housing units, 52 extremely low income housing units, and 156 workforce housing units with the remainder, 1590, will be market rate units?

real estate BS
1 month ago

that is not correct. The affordability numbers are regarding the first phase (310 units)

Anonymous
1 month ago

Where are the affordable units to buy? Why is everything rentals?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Not in the urban core.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Why should they give out cheap units to buy when everyone else pays fair market value?!?

Anonymous
1 month ago

Give out? They’d be sale. And the developer can charge whatever they like. That includes mission based orgs that focus on affordability. You paid FMV, well tough titty. You wanted that house.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So they would be affordable for sale. But the developer can charge whatever they like (aka Market Rate). Are you reading what you are writing, Anonymous friend?

Mark
1 month ago

Because the government owns the property. Why would government want to sell such a valuable asset? This is how government can afford to build affordable housing. It charges rents to tenants that pays for up keeping and new construction of even more housing. The same way private businesses make money so can the government.

Joe
1 month ago

This reminds me of the Cabrini Green project gentrification from Jordan Peele’s “Candy Man” movie.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you actually knew what Cabrini–Green was actually like and what actual residents thought between now and then…

Joe
1 month ago

I could only imagine.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That would be amazing. Overtown is the best situated neighborhood in Miami. It will soon be the new hot and trendy area of Miami!!

anon
1 month ago

Overtown is still pretty dangerous. Looking forward to new development but it will be some time till you can walk around overtown at night and feel 100% safe.

Anonymous
1 month ago

So was Wynwood…

anony
1 month ago

The highway project needs to finish up and move out, then the area will finally pop. They got no favors from the Feds and State with the 5 year delay to the signature bridge.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Overtown is the best place in town

Anonymous
1 month ago

For sure. Best place to invest cheap and dip the benefits later.

anonymous
1 month ago

and a giant parking garage in the middle. steps from the most transit options in the state, yet they are building parking garages that average $40-60,000 per space in the middle. parking maximums now.

Melo is sigma and Chad
1 month ago

“most transit options in the state” The nearest metromover station is school board station and there is only one bus line on 20th st.

anonymous
1 month ago

this will be excellent for the area. Those old apartments need to be taken down and replaced. I wish there would be slightly taller buildings so you could get more density but overall sold

Anonymous
1 month ago

I’ll take a concealed parking garage like this over a pedestal any day

Anonymous
1 month ago

That way they can park the cars they need to get to their $40-60,000/yr jobs and earn their livings. And no, not everyone has the ability to earn their livings along the Metromover loops.

Anonymous
1 month ago

B-but, that’s what Metromover needs to be expanded to Doral…