Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Sign o’ The Times?

This is Vista del Rio, a 7-story condominium building located at 624 SW 1 ST in the Riverside neighborhood of Miami (one of the first neighborhoods established in the city) and one of several residential projects (along with Neo Lofts, Havana Lofts, Morrison Condos, etc.) that are/were to serve as catalysts for the renaissance of the neighborhood (specifically SW 1 ST).

At one point, the project was marketed for sale on-site as well as online. Pre-construction prices for one and two bedroom units were starting at $179,900.

As I drove by several days ago, I noticed a banner hanging from a second floor balcony railing of the nearly completed condominium project.

A closer look brought yet another sign to my attention.

I know very little about this project. A quick Google search didn’t turn up any relevant information either.

Are there any Vista del Rio contract holders out there who can share their story with us? Inquiring minds, specifically those who bought and/or live in the area, would like to know.

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com.

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Eyesore of the Month

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Does anybody have the number to the Karma Police?

I need them to, at the very least, question whoever is responsible for this immediately, if not sooner.

This is Barcelona Condominiums, a new 71-unit affordable housing project currently under construction at 2217 NW 7 St in Miami that promotes and offers the opportunity for homeownership instead of the usual for rent affordable housing. The acute lack of local affordable housing coupled with the Miami Herald’s well-documented abuses of those chosen to provide a solution to the problem, make affordable housing projects like these a welcome addition to the city.

I commend any developer willing to tackle the issue of affordable housing. However, is there a reason why affordable housing has to look so…well, affordable?

When will local leaders, planners, developers and the general populace realize that affordable housing and good design can co-exist? Low cost housing doesn’t have to mean low quality housing. Good design, especially in the affordable housing sector, should meet the users’ needs, enhance the neighborhood and should be built to last.

Although this building stands to offer a short-term solution to 71 families in need of affordable shelter, it fails to address the long-term needs of those very families and more importantly, the community as a whole. A quick look at the structure will tell you that it’s obsolete even before it has been completed. I can only wonder what it will look like 10 years from now.

An unmasqueraded parking garage fronting a building that fronts a major thoroughfare? Come on!

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I’m no architect (although I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night), but why not create a pedestrian friendly arcade or colonnade to provide the residents with some necessary refuge from the hot sun on those dreadful Miami summer days? Can we do something about the Pepto-Bismol pink that easily identifies the building from SR-836? Why the balconies in white?

Does anybody out there have any ideas as to what we can do to save the people who will eventually occupy this building?

By the way, take a look at the “sales pitch” below:

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En espaƱol:

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Now take a look at the following photo-op disguised as a “ground breaking ceremony”:

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Does anything catch your attention?

Adrian Salgado is a Realtor Associate with RED I Realty in Miami, FL and can be reached at 305-491-7179 or SalgadoA@gmail.com.

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