Mixed-income housing across from Marlins Park wins OK
A plan for new construction of an attainable mixed-income residential development called Paseo del Rio earned the praise of a City of Miami review board.
The seven-story, 182-unit building is planned for county-owned property at 1401 NW Seventh St., across from Marlins ballpark.
The Urban Development Review Board unanimously recommended approval of the project.
Applicant and developer Paseo Del Rio LLC, affiliated with the Related Group, is constructing the building on a large site that currently has public housing and towers for senior citizens, on the southern bank of the Miami River.
The owner is Miami-Dade County, Public Housing and Community Development.
The total floor area of the new building will be 329,103 square feet, with about 52.2% open space. Parking for 335 vehicles will be provided, and space for 17 bicycles.
Attorney Javier F. Aviñó, representing the applicant, wrote of the project that it will provide high-quality residential apartments to extremely low and low income households in the City of Miami.
One residential unit will be set aside for property management staff.
“The project includes a thoughtfully designed courtyard between and residential structure and parking area. The ground level will contain residential units along with residential amenities, such as a multipurpose room, fitness center, and business center,” he wrote.
The property is owned by Miami-Dade, and the applicant has a long-term ground lease with the county for the portion of the site that will constitute Paseo del Rio.
The project will be constructed at Northwest 14th Avenue and Seventh Street, replacing what is now a surface parking lot and a one-story ancillary building.
Mr. Aviñó wrote, “There is approximately $50 million of private and public investment committed to the development of Paseo del Rio, including $6 million from the State of Florida and $1.2 million from the National Housing Trust Fund, which is intended to address the urgent need for affordably priced rental units for working families in the City of Miami.”
A representative of the developer told the board the project is “by right,” and there are no requests for waivers from the zoning code or warrants.
The building will have about 2,700 square feet of commercial-retail use on the southwest ground floor.
Ivo Fernandez, of MODIS Architects, spoke to the board about the efforts to make the building look like a market rate housing project and not public housing.
“We try to create a weaving pattern in the lower level. Create a fabric, and give it three dimensionality, not just a flat façade,” he said.
“I commend you on a job well done,” said board member Ignacio Permuy.
“What you’ve achieved doesn’t look anything like an affordable housing project … I like pretty much all you’ve done, how you’ve addressed the retail and articulation of the building. You did a great job,” Mr. Permuy said.
Board member Ligia Ines Labrada agreed: “Your storytelling is fantastic. I see all the weaving in and out, thoughtful pedestrian (areas), retail and public areas into the courtyard. Having foot traffic is extremely important. Job well done.”