Ceremony held to open Carver Apartments

Miami Times staff report | 7/31/2014, 9 a.m.
Community leaders hope the Carver Apartments and Shoppes will help revitalize the Overtown neighbohood. Photo by Erick Johnson

Community and city leaders will be on hand Wednesday to open the mixed-use development complex with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The development will offer a affordable housing, including lofts for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses.

There are a total of 10 apartments in the building , five each on the second and third floors. Of these, eight are two-bedroom and two are one bedroom units. Currently seven of the apartments have already been rented to tenants who meet the guidelines to qualify for affordable housing.

Situated at the gateway to the community and in support of the Historic Overtown Folklife District concept, the building’s exterior finishes combine vintage and contemporary architectural characteristics, along with bright/vibrant Caribbean paint tones. The building’s interior will undergo complete rehab of all surfaces from floor to ceiling. It is anticipated the ground floor retailers will cause the site to be land-marked as “The Downtown Overtown meeting spot for both visitors and local commerce.” Certain retail businesses are being sought to encouraged and maintain an environment that is conducive to meeting for business, or just to catch up with good friends. Upon completion, the Carver renovation will forcefully reveal a positive impact on this historic neighborhood.