Related & Miami-Dade Unveil $600M River Parc Plan For 1,800 New Affordable Housing Units

Related Urban Development Group and Miami-Dade have unveiled plans to build 1,800 new housing units at River Parc near Marlins Stadium.

The plans were unveiled at a groundbreaking for the 150-unit Gallery at River Parc, which will include both affordable and workforce housing. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Commissioner Eileen Higgins attended the groundbreaking and unveiled the new master plan.

Related is planning to partner with Miami-Dade to build the River Parc Master Plan on a 22-acre property in Little Havana, across from Marlins Park and near the Health District and Downtown.

There are currently 800 unis there in three public housing developments – Robert King High, Haley Sofge and Martin Fine Villas. Under the new Master Plan an additional 1,800 affordable and workforce housing units will be added, bringing the total housing count to 2,600. All 800 existing public housing residents will stay onsite at the same rent.

Gallery at River Parc will will feature 80-percent workforce and 20-percent affordable housing. Amenities will include a swimming pool, fitness center, multi-purpose room, and business center. The building lobby will feature an art exhibition space for young and aspiring artists to showcase their work and hosting of other events. Residents will have access to the Related-Livly App, including an integrated package management system. There will be 40 studios, 70 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units and 40 two-bedroom/two-bathroom units, each with a washer/dryer. .

According to the Miami-Dade County website, workforce housing is defined as housing that is affordable for families whose incomes are within 60 to 140 percent of the County’s area median income as reported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and adjusted to family size ($42,600 to $99,400, respectively, for a family of four). Income limits for affordable housing are lower.

Financing for Gallery at River Parc is being arranged by SunTrust Bank. Justin Ginsberg, Managing Director at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate Agency Lending, Donna Kelce, Senior Vice President at SunTrust Community Capital, and Rebecca M. Cox, Senior Vice President at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate, are the leads on the transaction.

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Anonymous

There is a LOT of paved surface on that site plan. Our city needs more pervious pavement, especially in sites along the river that are flood-prone. SAP type plans like this need new standards, that include handling all water retention on-site or even account for more than current standards based on projected extreme-rain events.

Anonymous

They should just use the empty Marlins parking garages across the street instead of going through the expense of building 3 parking garages fort this project.

Anonymous

Walk to parking garages across the street?

Didn’t you read some of the comments people made about how convenient grocery shopping should be for people who are going to live in this housing complex?

Anonymous

Or just turn the parking garages into affordable housing.
Leave the painted lines there to delineate “micro units”

Anonymous

Nice project … but they should have put the soccer stadium here and built this on the lot in Overtown.

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I was thinking the exact same…whatever tho…

305

Damn great point. That would have been smart

Anonymous

The Robert King towers look like something from the old communist bloc. Get rid of it once the new units are built.

Anonymous

Related doesn’t even have to change the building quality of the other towers they build…

Anonymous

Actually, this looks better than a lot of the market rate junk they have built within the past ten years.

Anonymous

“looks” (0)(0) LMAO

Anonymous

Wow the politicians doing good for the community!!!!!!

Anonymous

something fishy on this project; maybe using cheap materials

Anonymous

Related IS involved !!!!! There’s no maybe about it !!! LMAO

Anonymous

Affordable housing = security, front desk to collect packages, swimming pool, gym, upscale stainless appliances, granite counter tops, smart door entry, dog parks etc. No more – own your own home, fix your roof, cut your grass paint your own house.
This place looks very nice to be offered as “affordable housing”

Shore Power Broker

There’s a bigger price premium for having your own roof and grass as in a single-family detached house. Especially in South Florida. Not everyone can or wants to pay upper $200k’s for a handyman special in a seedy neighborhood, they’d rather be in a decent condo for the same or less money.

marc

Still don’t understand what’s “affordable housing”.

Anonymous

1800 new units and plenty of parking but no on site retail for people to pick up basic groceries without driving…

Anonymous

They get to see “community art” in a dedicated space though!!

Anonymous

Do you want them to provide much needed housing or grocery stores?

Anonymous

Grocery stores on the ground floors of new housing to activate streets and allow people nearby to walk to them rather than creating more traffic and pollution.

Anonymous

But retail and grocery stores are not what Related Urban Development Group and Miami-Dade are there to or trying to provide.

Anonymous

As if developers never build ground floor retail into residential properties?

In many cities they’re compelled to by zoning if they’re too shortsighted to see what an opportunity it is.

Anonymous

That is the gist of the criticism. They decided to build a whole new neighborhood and thought the only component they needed was residential. That kind of thinking is why Miami is a traffic nightmare.

Anonymous

I swear, you people will come on the TNM site and complain about not enough onions, and when you get onions, you’ll start whining about no tomatoes.

Jeezzussss… I was born and raised in Miami in the very early sixties and I never could’ve envision or thought I’d witness so many whiny people like we have in this city today. I’ll tell ya, the Cubans back in the day in Miami were hardcore… I don’t know what’s running around in Miami today.

Anonymous

Nope.. if there’s a “traffic nightmare” in Miami, it’s because of suburban sprawl.

Anonymous

Your assertion that Miami is a traffic nightmare is compared to what better city?

Im told that Anchorage, Alaska has good dreamy traffic. Detroit has good dreamy traffic (when it’s not snowing).
Exactly, why are you whining?

Anonymous

Except then you get a publix, wholefoods or earthfare instead of a bodega/walmart with prices that match the income of someone living in an affordable housing unit. Lets be real, as we saw when the midtown walmart was proposed the people on this site will yell about the benefits to the poor that come with urbanization but then decry the very things that allow the working poor to live a decent life and feed themselves.

Hell even the pictures reveal the mindset of most urbanists on this site. The only black person pictured in the rendering is being watched by a security guard. We all know what you really mean when you say: safe, “good grocery stores” etc.

Anonymous

Yeah let’s just not put any walkable retail in at all because it might turn out to be not the cheapest discounter. Even reducing a few car trips would be worth it. Also, as if people with a household income of 100k can’t afford Publix at all.

Anonymous

I noticed that too about the renderings. Zero chance that wasn’t on purpose…

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Miami isn’t a black city let’s be honest. Besides, what the marketing materials look like should be the least of your worries. Seriously, who cares?

Markavious Rolle

Although Miami is not labeled a black city; however, the Miami metro area has a sizable proffesional black middle class and is diverse.

Anonymous

Miami isn’t a black city. This isn’t Atlanta

Anonymous

I would absolutely bang that chick holding the Styrofoam cup.

Anonymous

HHI of $99k is “Affordable Housing”. You don’t think that they can afford Publix?

Michael

It looks like there is some retail on the River Walk, evidenced by the “Cocina Moderna” sign. But, you’re right. There should be more retail, especially along SW 7th Street.

Anonymous

Yeah, it looks like they’re contemplating some restaurants along the river but no daily life retail like groceries or pharmacies etc. that drive more traffic and are needed more frequently by residents.

Jalexander305

Win Dixie is less than a mile away

Anonymous

Very cool, walkability should not just be for the wealthy, it should be for everyone and this project seems like it does that

Anonymous

Where can you walk to from this, the one yogurt place they’ve provided space for?

Anonymous

Waterfront affordable housing! Awesome.
Fast forward to the future fly on the wall …
Tenant to wife: “Honey! Im being considered for a big promotion! 20% increase in my salary!”
Wife, “F that! You make $90k now, and we live in a new building on the waterfront with multiple swimming pools and all the amenities that people who work harder and smarter have! If you accept that promotion, you make $108k and we cant live in Affordable Housing anymore!”
Tenant: “Yes Dear..”

Anonymous

This is good

Shawn Kouri

Completion between 2021 and 2024.

I love highways!

Love it with the 836 in front, it’s going to be quiet!! )))

Anonymous

Cars are expensive to own and these projects should be built with minimal car parking.

Anonymous

…. says the person who has someplace to park his/her car.

Anonymous

These are supposed to be affordable housing. Thus the extra expense of owning, insuring, financing, and maintaining a car is probably a burden for those who would live here.

Anonymous

Not being able to drive to the jobs in Doral or out by MIA will be REALLY expensive for many.

Anonymous

Affordable housing. Take mass-transit and save $$$

Anonymous

Doral is the new center of gravity.
So sad…
Horrible location with no transit infrastructure.
Yet, downtown Miami with views, mass transit, on the bay, close to Miami Beach and the tourist spots is empty, devoid and dead

Anonymous

“downtown Miami with views, mass transit, on the bay, close to Miami Beach and the tourist spots is empty, devoid and dead”

Ahhhh yessss… but a Ferris Wheel should liven up the place.

Jalexander305

Yea I’m sure this will be on time and under budget. Good bye tax money. If this is to help needy people why so fancy?

Anonymous

This is fancy?

I hope this type of housing planning and design spreads to hundreds of areas throughout Miami and the county.