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$20M project starts on Hampton Village Apts

caines | 11/1/2012, 6 a.m.

A distressed 1950s apartment building 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 developerCarrfour 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 Developments (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 Ave, the redevelopment of Hampton Village will create 100 newly-redeveloped affordable housing units, providing permanent homes for residents at or below 60 percent of the areas median income (AMI). Construction of the project is expected to create about 100 jobs, with completion set for late 2013. 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 Countys investment in the adjacent Historic Hampton House Museum and Jazz Center. HUDs 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 governments NSP program is breathing new life into communities, said Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing. We are not only rebuilding apartments, we are rebuilding lives.