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St. John CDC rehabilitates Overtown apartments

admin | 4/19/2012, 5:30 a.m.

On Thursday, April 5th, local civil leaders, community residents and members of the St. John Community Development Corps. (SJCDC) gathered together to view the ribbon cutting ceremony for the 13 newly rehabilitated units at the St. John Apartments in Overtown. We need more projects like this to restore decent affordable housing, and to help to revitalize the Overtown community, said Miami-Dade County Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson. "I am especially happy that thirteen families will be calling these apartments home. The 13 apartments were rehabilitated to include some of the latest environmentally safe technological advances, according to Ola Aluko, a representative from SJCDC. In these units, we have introduced green sustainable features such as energy star appliances, tankless water heaters and tinted-impact resistant windows, he said. The SJCDC was able to rehabilitate the building due to their 2010 award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments neighborhood Stabilization program. The community development corporation has been working to renovate the building for the past couple of years. The first phase involved repairing the roof for all 35 apartment units. The second rehabilitation phase of the St. John Apartments took approximately nine months to complete. So far, some families have already signed on for their apartments and the SJCDC has created a waiting list to accommodate other interested apartment seekers, according to Aluko. We have a waiting list of over 30 residents, Aluko said. With additional grants from various programs such as the Miami-Dade County Surtax and HOME, the third phase will completely rehabilitate the remaining 12 apartments by the summer of 2013. By Kaila Heardkheard@miamitimesonline.com