More than $5 million invested to renovate housing complex for low-income seniors
MIAMI, Florida (December 1, 2017) – Vitus, a national developer and owner of affordable housing, announced the completion of $5,378,620 in renovations at Hadley Gardens, an apartment complex for low-income seniors just five miles outside Miami.
Vitus specializes in revitalizing aging properties nationwide in order to preserve affordable housing in high-cost urban areas. Vitus purchased Hadley Gardens in June 2017 and began working with local and federal housing advocates to maintain and improve much needed affordable housing in the area. Hadley Gardens is one of three Vitus projects in Florida.
Built in 1986, the 151 Section 8 apartment homes at Hadley Gardens were in need of infrastructure improvements. Exterior renovations to the five-story tower included new windows and roofing, aesthetic improvements to siding, and new landscaping. Upgrades were also made to the interiors. Over the past six months, cabinets, flooring and counters were replaced in all kitchens and bathrooms.
“We have great local relationships in Miami-Dade and we’re excited to extend our revitalization efforts here,” said Scott Langan, Development Director for Vitus. “We use the latest sustainable building methods to improve the quality of life for the families living on our properties. We pride ourselves on our commitment to creating residences where people can connect, grow and thrive.”
In addition to improvements made to the homes themselves, Vitus incorporates “Active Design” principles in to all its projects. As the only national developer selected by the Partnership for a Healthier America, Vitus uses the rehab process to add design elements that encourage healthier, more active lifestyles for residents. At Hadley Gardens, an on-site service coordinator will assist will employing relevant social services designed to enhance the health and wellness of residents, and a new community garden with 40 large planters has also been included as a means for residents to connect.
“Not only do community gardens provide a unique opportunity for people to unite around a collective goal – but they get people outside and thinking about making healthier food choices,” added Langan. “The Vitus process is a more holistic approach to development. We’re taking the well-being of residents and the health of the communities we’re part of and really looking to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Due to an extension of the Housing Assistance Payment contract, with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, residents will pay no more than 30 percent of their household income on rent.