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Miami-Dade County, Related Group Complete First Phase of New Affordable Housing Community in Brownsville

Miami-Dade County, together with Related Urban Development Group (RUDG), the affordable and mixed-income arm of Related Group, have completed the first phase of development at Lincoln Gardens, a three-phase affordable housing community in Miami’s Brownsville neighborhood. This initial phase includes 134 apartments and once fully complete, the new Lincoln Gardens will span nearly nine acres and include 221 residences, featuring elderly housing and homeownership units.  

“It is our mission at Related to ensure everyone has access to safe, beautiful homes, regardless of where in Miami-Dade they choose to live,” said Alberto Milo, President of Related’s affordable and mixed-income division, Related Urban. “Projects such as Lincoln Gardens truly change people’s lives for the better. It is an honor to be involved in such an important effort.”

Started in October 2020, this initial phase consists of 134 multifamily units spread across four garden-style buildings, and one rental townhome building consisting of 8 units. Once complete, Lincoln Gardens Phase I will boast a 2,500 square foot community center with a leasing office, computer lab, multipurpose room, and catering kitchen for resident use. To ensure the most at-need members of the community benefit, 49 of the apartments are reserved for households earning 60% or less of the area median income (AMI). Another 33 units are earmarked as affordable (60% or less of the AMI), with the remaining 52 units reserved for households earning 80% of the AMI. As of publication, all units are leased and/or occupied.

“Brownsville is among our city’s most underserved communities; however, its story is beginning to change,” said Miami-Dade County Public Housing Director, Michael Liu. “Very similar to what’s happening nearby at Liberty Square, this type of thoughtfully developed housing will give Brownsville residents the stability and support they need to better their lives and those of their loved ones.”

With the first phase completed, the development team is now preparing to begin construction of subsequent stages in the project. Phase II will bring 77 more units for elderly households at or below 60% AMI and Phase III will add 10 townhouse units for ownership. All three phases are planned to be fully completed by 2023.

Beyond the 221 new homes, the Lincoln Gardens project allocated $3 million in enhancements to Marva Y. Bannerman Park & Pool to improve and expand community programming, public spaces, and other recreational areas.

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