New af­ford­able hous­ing com­mu­nity fully leased

South Florida Times - - METRO -

OAK­LAND PARK – Find­ing af­ford­able hous­ing in South Florida is in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing. The area is listed as one of the most ex­pen­sive in the na­tion; how­ever, two or­ga­ni­za­tions con­tinue their work to help make it eas­ier for low in­come and work­ing class fam­i­lies to find hous­ing that is not only af­ford­able, but also aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.

Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties, Inc. and Pin­na­cle Hous­ing Group, LLC hosted a rib­bon cut­ting cel­e­bra­tion to mark the grand open­ing of Oak­land Pre­serve. The new multi-fam­ily, 80-unit af­ford­able hous­ing com­mu­nity lo­cated at 3600 Oak­land Pre­serve Way (N.E. 2nd Av­enue) in Oak­land Park is al­ready fully leased.

“With af­ford­able hous­ing at a pre­mium in South Florida, we are proud to of­fer rental rates at Oak­land Pre­serve that are sub­stan­tially lower than mar­ket rate,” said Michael Long, pres­i­dent of the board of di­rec­tors of Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties. “Oak­land Pre­serve ex­em­pli­fies our com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties that give res­i­dents peace of mind. This county needs more af­ford­able and at­tain­able work­force hous­ing, and Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties is pre­pared to meet that need.”

Oak­land Pre­serve is green-cer­ti­fied, smoke-free and each apart­ment fea­tures a fully equipped kitchen, en­ergy-sav­ing ap­pli­ances, durable fin­ishes and hur­ri­cane-im­pact win­dows and doors. Res­i­dents can also se­lect en­ergy ef­fi­cient wash­ers and dry­ers at a rea­son­able ex­tra cost. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency in the de­sign, ma­te­ri­als and ap­pli­ances pro­vide a high qual­ity, af­ford­able hous­ing op­tion for the lo­cal work­force.

This is the se­cond af­ford­able hous­ing com­mu­nity the non-profit, “per­pet­ual com­mu­nity im­prove­ment” com­pany, Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties opened in Broward County this year. Manors at Mid­dle River in Fort Laud­erdale opened in May.

“This is the third suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion between Pin­na­cle Hous­ing Group and Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ti­mothy Wheat, re­gional vice pres­i­dent of Pin­na­cle Hous­ing Group. “In all three de­vel­op­ments, we worked to­gether to pro­vide hous­ing in­dis­tin­guish­able from mar­ket-rate hous­ing.The re­sult has been tremen­dous mar­ket ac­cep­tance.” Pin­na­cle Hous­ing Group is a full-ser­vice real es­tate de­vel­op­ment com­pany com­mit­ted to solv­ing the crit­i­cal need for high-qual­ity hous­ing at­tain­able for work­ing fam­i­lies and se­niors in the South­east United States' ur­ban cen­ters, sub­ur­ban ar­eas and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Oak­land Pre­serve ameni­ties in­clude a fit­ness cen­ter, play­ground, in­door chil­dren’s play area, cy­ber lounge, on-site main­te­nance, 24-hour prop­erty man­age­ment and other res­i­dent-friendly fea­tures, such as spa­cious shared com­mon ar­eas of­fer­ing shaded pa­tio seating, a grill and am­ple recre­ational space that over­look a com­mu­nity lake with a dec­o­ra­tive spray foun­tain.

“The busi­ness com­mu­nity within Broward County ap­pre­ci­ates our work in the field of work­force hous­ing. It is vi­tal that we con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with com­mu­nity part­ners, like Pin­na­cle, to meet the need for high qual­ity work­force hous­ing and a neigh­bor­hood feel that com­mu­ni­ties de­sire,” said Ann Deib­ert, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties. “Through pub­lic and pri­vate-sec­tor part­ner­ships, we are cre­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that sta­bi­lize fam­i­lies, pre­serve neigh­bor­hoods and are es­sen­tial to the County’s eco­nomic vi­tal­ity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 855-264-7188 or oak­land­p­re­serve.pmi­florida.com.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BUILD­ING BET­TER COM­MU­NI­TIES

Build­ing Bet­ter Com­mu­ni­ties, Inc. Board of Di­rec­tors, (from left,) Rus­sell Mar­cus; Karyne Pom­pilus; Mercedes J. Núñez; Mark O’Lough­lin; Tim Lon­er­gan, mayor, City of Oak­land Park; Nan Rich, com­mis­sioner, Broward County; Matthew Sparks, com­mis­sioner,...

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