Miami Beach to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Senior Housing

Published Date: April 5, 2024

The upcoming Vista Breeze development, a collaborative effort between the Miami Beach Office of Housing and Community Services, the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach, and Atlantic Pacific Companies, is set to introduce 119 affordable rental units, marking a significant milestone in the city’s affordable housing landscape.

 

This project, scheduled for a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. at 280 South Shore Drive, will be the largest affordable housing community for seniors in Miami Beach in 45 years. Nestled in the Normandy Isles neighborhood of North Beach, the development will feature two four-story buildings, one at 280 South Shore Drive and the other at 185 South Shore Drive, conveniently located near the Normandy Shores Golf Course. The housing will be designed in a courtyard style, with one building named Vista and the other Breeze.

 

The new studio units will be targeted towards individuals aged 62 or older who meet financial eligibility requirements based on 80% of the area median income (AMI), which was $74,700 in 2023 for Miami-Dade County. They will offer affordable housing options in a luxury real estate market like Miami Beach. Monthly rents will be determined based on tenant income.

 

Miami Beach Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, also chairing the City’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, emphasized the importance of providing affordable housing for seniors, who often face challenges with fixed incomes and market rents. She stated that the Vista Breeze project will allow seniors to focus on living their lives and aging gracefully in a home they can be proud of.

 

This development follows the groundbreaking of the Collins Park Artist Workforce Housing Project in 2023, located at 23 Street and Collins Avenue. The project aims to address the housing needs of Miami Beach artists, educators, and employees meeting the building’s financial eligibility requirements at 120% of the AMI.

 

Miami Beach City Manager Alina Hudak underscored the city’s commitment to addressing the affordable housing shortage for seniors, allocating over $1 million of federal entitlement funds through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to support this initiative.

 

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Original Article by MIAMI BEACH

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