Vice Chair Lynda Bell dedicates and breaks ground on Marilyn Hope's Place, the newest senior community center in Cutler Bay
In a moving ceremony attended by County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Commissioner Dennis Moss, and municipal leaders from around the county, as well as residents and close family members alike, Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell broke ground on Marilyn Hope’s Place, the newest, state-of-the-art, Senior Community Center in Cutler Bay. Once completed, the new LEED Certified facility will accommodate 101 individual apartments with over 7,000 square feet in living space for low to moderate income residents 55 years of age and older. Additionally, the four-story building complex will include one of the few complete dining/activity rooms in District 8, as well as an exercise room, laundry facilities, and a computer room for its tenants.
Vice Chair Bell expressed the reasons why she decided to spearhead this ambitious project: “Given the need to provide more affordable and better quality housing facilities for our community’s senior residents, I felt it was imperative for the county to develop this project as soon as possible,” Said Vice Chair Bell. Marilyn Hope’s Place will be a multifunctional residential facility where eligible seniors can live in comfort, receive subsidized meals, so no one will ever go hungry here, and be able to participate in group and/or individual activities in peace and security. Moreover, Marilyn Hope’s Place will be located adjacent to the South Miami-Dade Government Center, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, the Headquarters of the Miami-Dade County Police Department’s South District, and just across the street, there’s shopping, dining and entertainment waiting for them at Southland Mall, explained Mrs. Bell.
The new facility is named after Vice Chair Bell’s mother, Marilyn. A woman who excelled as an executive and as an entrepreneur while raising six minor children as a single mother in the 1970’s. “My mother was a natural born leader who taught us the values of responsibility and compassion for others. It is my genuine hope that this facility will make justice to her memory and that everyone who lives here will find it an oasis from the everyday, and a great place to call home.” Added Vice Chair Bell. Marilyn Hope’s Place, developed by Siltek Group, Inc., is being funded in part by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Project Number 249, which was approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on January 24, 2012.