Seniors might be tickled pink. Miami Beach affordable housing project is just for them.

An affordable housing project is coming to Miami Beach’s Normandy Isles Historic District, catering exclusively to seniors. The pinkish-and-white-themed Heron, a 4-story development, is slated for 1158 Marseille Drive, according to an application submitted to the City of Miami Beach Design Review Board by the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach. The housing authority is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-designated organization. The project would replace an existing single-story building with four occupied rental units. Named after the wetlands wading bird with an S-shaped neck, the Heron would deliver 20 affordable housing studios, ranging from 400 square feet to about 440 square feet, for seniors aged 62 years or over with special needs. The building would also house a laundry room, communal office space, community room and rooftop terrace. Nature abounds in the plans for the Heron with a variety of plants, including Florida coonties, the only host for larvae of the Atala butterflies. Units will rent for $443 per month to $949 per month, depending on the renter’s income. Residents must earn at or below 60% of the Area Median Income, or $37,980 per year for a single-person, and $43,440 for a two-person household. The Miami Beach Design Review Board is expected to review the application in September. Having submitted plans in late May, the housing authority requests approval to demolish the existing apartment rental building. The Florida Housing Finance Corporation and Miami-Dade County are funding the $5 million project. Construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2023 and end by mid-2024. Public notices will be published in the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Miami Times and the HACMB website closer to the completion time and a waitlist will be launched. O’Hara said residents will be selected by a random drawing. Source: