Valuable School Board Land Could Be Used For Affordable Housing

Miami leaders are considering putting affordable and workforce housing on prime land near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency is scheduled to vote on a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the 9-acre School Board property with the following components:

  • Affordable and workforce housing
  • A commercial and/or retail component
  • The expansion of the IPREP School to be located at 150 Northeast 19th Street, Miami, Florida
  • The implementation of a parking solution for the surrounding area
  • The enhancement of the existing Phillis Wheatley School property located at 1934 Northwest 1st Court, Miami, Florida, 1801 Northwest 1st Place, Miami, Florida, and 1942 Northwest 1st
    Court, Miami, Florida

Last decade, Miami-Dade spent over $400 million on the Performing Arts Center. One of the goals was to spur redevelopment of the surrounding area.

The Omni CRA was scheduled to vote on the MOU at a meeting last night.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

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Anonymous
4 years ago

ALL PUBLIC LAND, SUITABLE FOR RESIDENTIAL, SHOULD ONLY BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT A REASONABLE PROFIT !!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T STAND YOU FREAKING PIMPS AND SHILLS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT MORE KOBI KRAP AND DENSITY !!!!! AND IF THESE DEVELOPERS SCAM THE GOVERNMENT THEN SEND THEM TO PRISON ALONG WITH THEIR POLITICAL CIRCLE JERK PALS WHO GOT THEM THE GIG !

Anonymous
4 years ago

Great idea!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Can you hear the collective screams of thousands of brokers?

marc
4 years ago

There’s a couple here right now.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Sell the land to Melo.. they are not afraid of building in the area, and require them to build to Miami21 code.

SRS
4 years ago

Nooooo way!!!! Enough with the eyesores

Anonymous
4 years ago

Omni area is prime land ready for development.

why has it taken this long?

Anonymous
4 years ago

because anything being planned in miami requires 40 years of studies……….

Anonymous
4 years ago

Pardon the ignorance but is affordable housing like section 8 or just middle class esque pricing?

marc
4 years ago

Not section 8.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Middle-class workers.. public workers: city employees, teachers, police, fire, nurses, etc..

emilio estefan
4 years ago

whatever we do let’s get the school board out of the middle of downtown miami. it brings hundreds of cars into the area from 9-5 then creates a total vacuum thereafter and on the weekends. such a waste of prime redevelopment land. could connect wynwood/edgewater to downtown/brickell instead of being a total void. get cars outta here…

Anonymous
4 years ago

Horrible idea. Lets sell the land and require the developer to put the housing that the county would have awarded to one of these scamming affordable housing companies.

Danny
4 years ago

Confirmed scams. The proforma’s I’ve seen are simply ripping off the gov.

aceraroja
4 years ago

The connotation in the headline and text that this is undesirable is noted. And wrong. Lots of workforce housing downtown, now, and very little parking.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Jeez. There is “affordable housing” in the center of Miami….It’s in Little Havana, Allapattah, the “non-tourist” part of the Grove. If you want true middle class digs, you can move out to the surrounding suburbs, just like in any other major metro area, and commute if your job’s in downtown Miami. Plenty of people here work in the suburbs, too, and have no need to be downtown.

Anonymous
4 years ago

True, but diversity is not bad. Trust me this will a limited number of units available at reduced rent prices.. 10%

Rand
4 years ago

Why do we keep calling it “Affordable Housing”? It is incredibly expensive, fraud ridden, government subsidized housing. Let the marketplace work on its own. Sell the land to the highest bidder. It will find its highest and best use and increase the city’s tax base the most.

Anonymous
4 years ago

So it’s just like everything else in Miami.