Affordable TOD Development Breaks Ground in Miami

Work has started on the first phase of 7th Avenue Transit Village, a mixed-use property with an affordable housing component on 2.3 acres in Miami’s Liberty City.

Miami—Work has started on the first phase of 7th Avenue Transit Village, a mixed-use property with an affordable housing component on 2.3 acres in Miami’s Liberty City. The development—as evidenced by its name—is transit-oriented, and will provide apartment units in two phases for low-income residents.

Phase I, which will be completed in 2014, will include a residential tower with 80 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units designated for individuals and families earning between 50 percent and 60 percent of area median income. The transit aspects of the development include a bus terminal and a parking garage.

The first phase of the property will also include a playhouse (live theater), an unusual component for a mixed-use property. The venue will be operated by Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs.

The project is being constructed by Carlisle on land owned by Miami-Dade Transit. It will be LEED silver for homes, including such features as water-conserving fixtures, high-efficiency lighting, and Energy Star appliances. Common amenities at the property will include a community room, meeting rooms, gym, library and recreation deck with a tot lot.

Phase II will include a second residential tower with about 100 one- and two-bedroom units designed for seniors and individuals, as well as ground-floor retail space along NW 62nd St. and NW 7th Ave. A precise timetable for the second phases hasn’t been unveiled.