Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Raquel A. Regalado host the celebration of the redevelopment for Smathers Plaza
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Raquel A. Regalado will host a celebration of the revitalization of Smathers Plaza, a mixed-income housing development for seniors. Partnering with Miami-Dade County on this redevelopment is the Related Urban Development Group (RUDG).
“Expanding access to affordable housing is a top priority for my administration,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “I’m grateful to Related Urban Development Group and our Public Housing and Community Development department for their important work on this project, which will allow over 140 seniors to live in dignity. And I’m eager to continue working with all our partners to prioritize more projects like this one and ensure every Miami-Dade family can live in quality housing they can afford.”
Smathers Plaza is being redeveloped in three phases. Phase One was the renovation of the two original buildings, A and B, which are comprised of 182 units, 100 units under the public housing program and 82 affordable units. Phase Two was a new construction completed in 2016 with a mixed-income development including 133 units which provide rental units; 82 public housing units, and 51 affordable units. Phase 3 is under construction, including 139 units comprised of 65 project-based vouchers and 74 affordable units. All the Smathers community will feature “green and sustainable” initiatives such as Energy Star Appliances, programmable thermostat, etc. which are designed to both reduce the environmental impact of the project and promote a healthier, more energy-efficient living environment for the residents.
“The residents of Smathers deserve the best and I’m happy that Miami-Dade County and the Related Group are redeveloping this affordable housing project to provide a better living for more people,” said Commissioner Raquel Regalado.
Total development cost for Phase 3 is $33,064, 517.