BISCAYNE HOUSE, located in the heart of Miami’s Edgewater District, is an urban infill affordable housing model for the Healthy Housing Foundation. Located on a ¼ acre, within walking distance to Biscayne Boulevard, it provides residents pedestrian access to nearby retail and public transportation. The development sits between two market rate residential building parking podiums. The 75-unit building consists of a 4-story parking podium, with parking stackers and an 8-story housing tower. Each building floor is designed as a neighborhood, with interior and exterior common area community spaces around a central core on the north and south sides of the building. Micro efficiency units, 370GSF and one-bedroom units, 550GSF are proposed. There are ten studio and one-bedroom units per typical floor, with overhangs and balconies to provide shade and lower the heat gain into the units reducing monthly electricity costs. The wrap-around landscaped balconies provide additional outdoor living space for each unit, taking advantage of the outdoor lifestyle in South Florida. A resident amenity area is provided on the 12th floor of the building.
Each unit kitchen and bathroom are designed as a prefabricated pod, to be inserted onto the building floor plate, to increase speed of construction, reduce waste and reduce costs.
Access on the ground floor prioritizes the pedestrian, with an articulated building screen and landscape. Additional support spaces on the ground floor include a resident lobby, bike storage, laundry, mail service and administrative support of a leasing office and on-site manager.
The target resident income level is 50% and below AMI.