County conducts groundbreaking for new elderly housing facility

More than 150 seniors joined Miami- Dade Commission chair Joe A. Martinez (center) for groundbreaking ceremony of Gran Via Apartments.
(Photo credit: Armando Rodriguez/ Miami-Dade County)

Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez was joined on July 20 by Siltek Group Inc. and residents of District 11 during the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Gran Via Apartments, a 104-unit elderly housing facility.

Martinez spearheaded the project, allocating $10.5 million from the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bonds Fund towards the new facility located in West Miami-Dade at SW 127th Avenue and Eighth Street.

This new project is a multi-story building consisting of affordable residential and retail spaces. The residential component is comprised of studio and one-bedroom apartments. The common areas of the building will include a community room with kitchenette and ADA-compliant restrooms, a building manager’s office, a bicycle storage room, waiting/pick-up areas, and covered parking with controlled gate access for all residents. All levels are equipped with laundry rooms and storage areas.

In addition, the building is designed with approximately 3,400 square feet of retail/office space, an outdoor landscaped plaza, and accommodations of a “Park and Ride.”

Gran Via Apartments is an affordable housing project designed to achieve, at minimum, a “Silver” rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Management and operation of the facility will be contracted out as the project nears completion.

“I can truly say that being able to share today with so many residents who care and have longed to see this project fulfilled as much as I do, is one of the greatest moments I have had as a commissioner,” Martinez said.

“Since 2003, I have been working tirelessly to make this reasonably priced elderly housing project a reality. Although the journey of this endeavor has taken many years, Gran Via has been a top priority for me as commissioner of District 11. Lowincome seniors who live in this new facility will also benefit from the convenience of public transportation.”

For more information contact Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155.

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