Related Group nabs top score in bidding for huge affordable housing project

An affiliate of the Related Group received the highest score in the bidding to redevelop the Liberty Square affordable housing complex in Miami.

Miami-Dade County has pledged $74 million in public support to replace the aged public housing complex in the Liberty City neighborhood with new homes and amenities that would support the community. The county received bids from Related Urban, the affordable housing arm of Miami-based the Related Group, and Bay Harbour Islands-based Atlantic Pacific Cos.
Related Urban’s site plan for Liberty Square in Miami.

Related Urban’s site plan for Liberty Square in Miami.

On Feb. 18, the county’s selection committee heard both proposals and gave Related Urban the edge with a score of 1,236, compared to 1,197 for APC. Now it’s up to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to direct county staff to negotiate an agreement with the developer and send it to the county commission for approval.
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Liberty Square is located at the northwest corner of Northwest 62nd Street and Northwest 12th Avenue. One of the advantages of Related Urban’s plan is that the developer promised none of the current residents would have to be relocated from the property even as the building are replaced. That’s because the developer would fix up units there that are currently not inhabited. That would allow it to build more affordable housing on the Lincoln Gardens site in neighboring Brownsville.

Under Related Urban’s plan, Liberty Square would get 1,332 new housing units. That would break down to 640 units of public housing, 120 affordable elderly apartments, 224 affordable family units, 288 workforce housing units, and 60 home-ownership units that would be for either affordable or workforce buyers.

Related Urban would build 216 garden-style apartments there, with 105 of them public housing and the other 111 affordable housing.

The other features of Related Urban’s Liberty Square project would include an Alonzo Mourning Family Foundation youth center, a YMCA family center, a University of Miami UHealth facility, a Jessie Trice Community Health Centers clinic, a facility for the Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, job placement programs with Miami Dade College and Florida Memorial University, a grocery store and retail spaces for mom and pop stores

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