Affordable Housing Developers Team Up to Put Federal Dollars to Work in Miami, FL

$20 million redevelopment of Hampton Village Apartments by Landmark Companies, Carrfour Supportive Housing and Special Asset Support Services, Inc. (SASSI) will provide 100 new homes for low-income residents.

MIAMI, FL October 17, 2012 A distressed 1950s apartment building in Miami-Dade County will soon enjoy a new lease on life following its demolition and the construction of a new four-story affordable housing complex on the site.

The $20 million redevelopment of Hampton Village Apartments by real estate development project manager Landmark Companies, nonprofit affordable housing developer Carrfour Supportive Housing and real estate asset management company Special Asset Support Services, Inc. (S.A.S.S.I.), which began last week, has been made possible by federal stimulus monies allocated at the local level through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The NSP initiative aims to revitalize neighborhoods by renovating and reactivating properties that were foreclosed upon or abandoned during the recession.

Located at 4301 NW 29th Avenue in Miami, the redevelopment of Hampton Village will create 100 newly-redeveloped affordable housing units, providing permanent homes for residents at or below 60% of the area’s median income (AMI). Construction of the project is expected to create about 100 jobs, with completion set for late 2013. Because this project is on a very large scale, the construction work will likely require building excavators, tranchers, adjustable ladder platform, and other common equipment and tools. The management is an essential factor in making sure all needs are met and plans are being followed closely, meeting government and OSHA rules in the process. That is why the need for equipment checks, as well as stocking up on PPE (check out websites like Unigloves) is necessary and important for the smooth running and completion of these units.

“Landmark is proud to be in partnership with Carrfour Supportive Housing and S.A.S.S.I.,” said Francisco Rojo, vice president of Landmark Companies. “S.A.S.S.I. presented us with the project concept and we saw how it would enhance the County’s investment in the adjacent Historic Hampton House Museum and Jazz Center.”

HUD’s NSP2 initiative part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has granted nearly $2 billion to states, local governments, nonprofits and public and or private nonprofit entities on a competitive basis, with the purpose of rehabilitating distressed properties. Carrfour Supportive Housing was part of a consortium of Miami-Dade County development firms that were granted $89 million in funding through the program.

“Hampton Village is a text book example of how the federal government’s NSP program is breathing new life into communities,” said Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing. “We are tearing down the walls of this building to usher in a new beginning for these Miami families. Once redevelopment of the property is complete, Carrfour will provide on-site services at Hampton Village aimed at putting unemployed residents back to work. We are not only rebuilding apartments, we are rebuilding lives.”

Hampton Village marks the third NSP-funded project undertaken by Carrfour in Miami. All told, $17 million has been spent by the organization on the acquisition, renovation and redevelopment of three separate properties, with plans to deliver homes for more than 1,000 people over the next two years.


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