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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new affordable housing in Naranja

Construction for new rental complex coming to an end

Erick Johnson | 5/15/2014, 9 a.m.
Community and business leaders joined residents last Saturday to celebrate the newest Groundbreaking of South Dade’s newest affordable housing community, ...
District 9 Commissioner Dennis Moss joined business leaders and residents in the groundbreaking ceremony for the La Joya Apartments on Saturday, May 10.

Community and business leaders joined residents last Saturday to celebrate the newest Groundbreaking of South Dade’s newest affordable housing community, La Joya Apartments.

 District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss and Tower Road Gardens joined Miami-Dade County and its development partners, JPMorgan Chase & SunTrust Community Capital, celebrated the start of the La Joya Apartments located in Naranja, FL – a Miami-Dade County Community Targeted Urban Area.  The project will include a total of 150 garden-style units in two-story walk-up buildings and is part of the Comprehensive Development Master Plan known as the Naranja Community Urban Center.  La Joya Apartments will be located at 26790 SW 142nd Ave. The project is a big part of the county’s goal to create an authentic village in Naranja, where people can live, work, eat and shop all within walking distance. 

 Development and unit amenities will include kitchens with high-efficiency appliance packages that consist of range/oven combinations, refrigerator, garbage disposals and dishwashers all with granite countertops and wood cabinetry.  All units will have a large walk-in closet, balcony, as well as a washer and dryer.  In addition, La Joya Apartments will be a National Green Building Standard Certified development with high efficiency central air conditioning systems, lighting, landscaping, and doors/windows that are hurricane impact rated and much more.  La Joya will also offer a clubhouse with a swimming pool, fitness center, playground, computer lab and eco-friendly car care center for its residents all within close proximity to public transportation and highways.

“It has always been very important to me to make sure that any affordable housing developments that go up in this district be of the highest quality and visually appealing,” said Commissioner Moss.  “Bringing a National Green Building Standard certified development to our Targeted Urban Areas will benefit those who need it the most for years to come.”

 Developer Lewis Swezy praised the work of the county in aiding the project’s formulation and development. “We are extremely grateful to be supported by a county and public housing agency that truly foster the development of affordable housing,” said Swezy. “It is with the help of the entire board of County Commissioners, and specifically Commissioner Moss and our development partners, that we are able to provide life-changing opportunities to so many families in the community.”

 La Joya Apartments was designed by Forum Architecture and Interior Design Inc. and is being constructed by Design Management & Builders Corporation.  The first buildings are expected to open to residents beginning September, with final project completion coming in February 2015.