Public-Private Venture Breaks Ground on 123-Unit Affordable Seniors Housing Community in Miami
MIAMI — A public-private collaboration between Miami-Dade County, Pinnacle Housing Group and the South Miami Heights Community Development Corp. has broken ground on Caribbean Village, an affordable seniors housing property in Miami. Located in the South Miami Heights submarket, Caribbean Village will offer 123 units. The development is part of a two-phased plan to develop transit-oriented affordable housing in Miami. The community will be the first new affordable seniors housing project in the area in 25 years, according to the developers. Miami-Dade County, which will own the project, selected the partners following a competitive bidding process. The county contributed the land, as well as $11.5 million in funding. Other funding for the project came from tax-exempt bonds, housing tax credits and a $5.3 million loan from Florida Housing Finance Corp. Citibank purchased both the bonds and the tax credits. According to local media reports, Caribbean Village will be reserved for residents earning 60 percent or less of the area median income (AMI), and some units will be designated for people making as low as 28 percent of the AMI. The community will include one- and two-bedroom units and will feature a fitness center, cyber lounge, game room, outdoor recreation area and public art. The developers expect to open Caribbean Village in fall 2019.