Celebrate the Completion of Construction on the First of Six Affordable Single-Family Homes in the West Grove

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 10.59.51 AM(Miami, FL October 29, 2015) – City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff will join Arden Shank, President and CEO of the non-profit Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, Inc. (NHSSF), and Jihad Rashid, President and CEO of the non-profit Collaborative Development Corporation on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:30 am, outside a new home at 3346 William Avenue to commemorate the completion of its construction. The home is the first of six affordable, single-family homes slated for scattered sites throughout the West Grove made possible with public and private funding. Known as Village West Homes, all the houses will be sold to income-eligible persons as their primary residence and must remain affordable to persons who are 80% of area median income for 30 years.

The Village West Homes project was allocated $1 million in City of Miami HOME (Federal) funding, administrated by the City’s Department of Community and Economic Development. Raza Development Fund is participating with project and construction financing. Half of the property sites were purchased while the remainder were donated by Miami-Dade County and were conveyed to the homes’ developer, NHSSF. Affordable residential development has historically been difficult in the neighborhood due to high land values and purchase prices, and much of its housing stock is old.

The six Village West parcels – which are within several blocks of one another – were identified after an extensive search of over 100 potential home sites in the area, including vacant and unsafe structures. The Village West Homes will all feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and will incorporate Bahamian style façade features in keeping with the history of the West Grove area, established in the 1880s by Bahamian settlers making it South Florida’s first Black settlement and one of its oldest neighborhoods. Each of the homes will sell for up to $238,000, as per U.S. HUD guidelines for the Miami area.

This is one of several affordable housing efforts the City of Miami is committed to in the West Grove area. These efforts include the now completed Gibson Plaza, a new, affordable rental project for seniors along Grand Avenue, and the construction of another affordable rental building off of 37th Avenue to be called Stirrup Plaza II.

WHO: City of Miami District 2 Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, George Mensah, Director of the City’s Department of Community & Economic Development, Arden Shank, President and CEO of the non-profit CHDO Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, Inc., and, Jihad Rashid, President and CEO of the non-profit Collaborative Development
Corporation, plus other members of the West Grove community.

WHAT: Celebrate the completion of construction on the first of six affordablesingle-family homes in West Grove

WHEN: Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

WHERE: 3346 William Ave.,Coconut Grove, FL