Work Underway On 70-Unit Island Living Project In Overtown

Another housing project is under construction in Overtown.

Island Living, with 70 units of affordable housing, is being built at 1201 NW 3rd Ave. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week, although work has been underway for some time.

The ground floor of the eight-story building will include 5,000 square feet of commercial space. There will also be pedestrian friendly walkways, a playground area for children, green space and parking

At least 50% of the units in the eight-story tower will be dedicated to households with incomes that do not exceed 60% of the Area Median Income. The remaining units are dedicated to households with incomes not to exceed 120% of the Area Median Income.

Atlantic Pacific Communities and Palmetto Homes are the developers. Financing comes from a bond issues by the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.

 

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Yesenia
5 years ago

I live there a block up for a year and it was calm and relax no one get with you my car was never vandalism. This area is get in your on business and everyone live happy im hispanic and I have a daughter of 2years in that time I pay 650$ for a 2/1 apt. I will go back if i find some room again.

Anonymous
6 years ago

this is an area that needs investment and jobs! providing housing at multiple levels of the spectrum will bring the area opportunities for commercial space and jobs for the residents of this neglected but historical part of Miami. this was once a thriving community and it can be that again if we all work together

Obviously
6 years ago

Yes, it was once “quite” a thriving community, until the white controlled power structure in Miami at that time decided to try an kill it by disecting Overtown with expressways.

Really???
6 years ago

I don’t think you have to worry about this area being the projects 20 – 30 years from now. I think the only concern will be how not to completely gentrify the area and affordable housing definitely helps.

Fredric
6 years ago

Overtown is already different from what is was at its worst point, which was around 20 years ago or so. That area is square in the path of redevelopment and gentrification.

Affordable housing does not mean “the projects.” The latter were a failed experiment during the Lyndon Johnson administration during the era of the so-called “Great Society” of the mid-to late 1960s. Housing
projects of this type were entirely federally subsidized and the poverty-stricken residents were often shuttled into the projects virtually involuntarily, thus completely disrupting any natural sense of community. So crime rates soared and the developments themselves deteriorated drastically. Some might even describe this process as being Socialist in nature. But that is not what is happening today. What is happening now is all of the development is being driven mostly or completely by the private sector. In this case especially, “affordable” simply means not super luxury and thus not out of the range of most working class and middle class citizens. But Overtown will soon be just an extension of the rapidly emerging downtown Miami resurgence.

Alexis
5 years ago

I will love to speak to someone about the apartment I will love to move very beautiful

Anonymous
4 years ago

Hi I’m looking for a 2/2 and would like to the price please and thank you

Anonymous
6 years ago

I really hope that 20-30 years down the line these affordable housing projects built in these areas do not become “the projects”. This is smack dab in Overtown where it is even risky driving by with your doors locked and windows shut.

Anonymous
6 years ago

It’s a shame it’s so dangerous there. This part of town has some really great potential. The main road through there could be quite nice.

Obviously
6 years ago

Yeah…sort of reminds you of “driving while black” in South Beach doesn’t it?!

suomynona
6 years ago

It will literally be mere blocks from World Center and All Aboard Florida. In 20-30 years that area will be so built up, and in-filled, it’ll blend in with with what we currently consider “downtown”. There will be a denser urban corridor build up from downtown to the health district. It’s inevitable, and it’s already happening.

There are relatively new housing properties all over Overtown. There are two buildings nearing completion just west of 7th Ave/BTW HS. There are fairly new buildings at 8th St Rd/7th Ave, the NW 6th-8th St/5th-6th Ave area, 4th St/95. There’s another project or two that looks like it’s new-ish (from perhaps no earlier than the last “boom”), but I don’t know for certain. They have pretty nice curb appeal, too. I know several of them are affordable housing.

If it turns into “projects” in the next 20-30 years, well, at least they’ll be nicer looking than what’s currently there. But that comment of yours seems more prejudicial than anything. I’m a Caucasian that regularly drives through the area and have never had a “risky” situation.

suomynona
6 years ago

Tuscan Place, Madison View and Labre Place are a few of the developments I mentioned that are also affordable housing.

Anonymous
6 years ago

I’m not talking about a risky situation, I’m talking about plenty of sketchy people and many of times I’ve seen prostitutes getting arrested.

Anyone who drives on nw7th or 12th has seen it, lets not try and act oblivious.

suomynona
6 years ago

You’re the one that said “risky”. I simply used your own adjective.

I gave examples of affordable housing in the area that have ENHANCED the neighborhood. I used reasoning to explain that nearby developments will only further improve the neighborhood.

Nobody is arguing that it’s not generally full of blight and poverty. Much of downtown proper is full of blight, but nobody doubts its redevelopment potential. Regardless, I have to think Overtown’s better off than it was 10 years ago, and in “20-30 years” it will be better still.

Anonymous
6 years ago

hmm, crack heads and prostitutes sure do sound like great neighbors…ye actually risky was the correct term.

Look up the crime stats

Really???
6 years ago

The same could be said for most of Brickell 15 years ago.