On Friday, Alonzo Mourning, retired Miami HEAT star, was joined by Miami City Commissioner Wilfredo “Willy” Gort, SEOPW CRA Chairman & Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and other community leaders for the grand opening of Courtside Apartments in Miami’s Overtown at a ribbon-cutting ceremony covered by the Miami Herald.
The nine year, $22.8 million project is the brainchild of Mourning through his non-profit, AM Affordable Housing:
County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson remembers her first meeting with Mourning. “He came to me with his big idea, and to me it was a really big idea because he wanted to build on county-owned land. He asked me, ‘How can I help him get this done?’ ’’
After a unanimous vote of the county commission, Mourning’s nonprofit signed a 65-year ground lease for four acres at the county-owned Culmer Center property in 2008. After a competitive bidding process, AM Affordable Housing selected Housing Trust Group as the developer-partner.
The recession slowed the project considerably, but HTG secured financing in 2014 through a variety of public-private sources, and broke ground in July 2015; 113 neighborhood residents were hired for the construction…
Courtside Apartments is located at 1699 NW Fourth Ave across the street from Williams Park. The apartment complex includes a computer lab, gym, social room, a “media lounge”, and a basketball court emblazoned with Alonzo Mourning’s signature and the Miami HEAT logo.
Indeed, public spaces are stylishly designed and furnished, the walls adorned with art. Courtside’s one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are already fully leased, all of them reserved for residents making an annual income of no more than 60 percent of area median income, which ranges from no more than $29,820 for a one-person household to $49,440 for a six-person household. Courtside’s monthly rents range from $760 to $990. The development includes four live-work units for families with home-based businesses.
According to the application submitted to FloridaHousing.org the project is committed to achieving “one of the following Green Building Certificate programs: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC); or ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS).” Green features in the apartments include Energy-Star rated appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and low-VOC paints.
Families were able to start moving into their Courtside apartments this past weekend. There is a 400-person waiting list for future vacancies in this new affordable housing community.
Read more here: Alonzo Mourning’s affordable apartments a symbol of new hope
All photo credits to: Marsha Halper, Miami Herald, email@example.com