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South Florida Business Journal - December 1, 2006

MiamiBeach to add housing for elderly

Miami Beach Community Development Corp. is to receive a $5.1 million grant to develop a 36 unit building to provide supportive housing for the elderly.

The award is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The development group is celebrating its 25-year anniversary with special events on Wednesday and Thursday.

From its offices at 945 Pennsylvania Ave., the organization has assisted almost 300 residents become first-time homebuyers and has developed and operates about 200 affordable rental units for people with special needs, the elderly, low-income families and workforce housing.

Founded in 1981 by the Miami Design Preservation League, the organization contributed to the early recognition of the Art Deco District, the economic revitalization of the neighborhood and the preservation and development of affordable housing - rehabilitating a dozen buildings as rental housing and helping residents become first-time homebuyers.

In fact, its headquarters, at a building called The Seymour, were designed by architect B. Kingston Hall and built in 1936 in the style that became known as Tropical Art Deco. The Seymour is one of the more than 800 buildings from the early 20th century that comprise the Miami Beach Architectural District.