More jobs and housing coming to District 3

caines | 10/25/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Hampton Village Apartments redevelopment $20M influx

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 percent of the areas median income (AMI). Construction of the four-story project is expected to create about 100 jobs, with completion set for late 2013.The community is being fully rehabilitated as part of a $17 million investment of federal stimulus monies that will provide approximately 340 jobs and housing for more than 1,000 people. Partners for the $20 million makeover include 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. [SASSI]. Ground was broken last week with the majority of the dollars coming from federal stimulus monies allocated at the local level through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments [HUD] Neighborhood Stabilization Program [NSP]. The NSP initiative aims to revitalize neighborhoods by renovating and reactivating properties that were foreclosed upon or abandoned during the recession. Landmark is proud to be in partnership with Carrfour Supportive Housing and SASSI, said Francisco Rojo, vice president of Landmark Companies. [They] 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 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. Miami Times staff report