New restraint boxes in the experimental container house


Wrote January 12, 2021


New restraint boxes in the experimental container house

Even after construction and landscaping work has been done and all the installations and utilities have been installed, an affordable housing project in which a shipping container has been turned into a small home in South Miami still hits problems.

The latest hurdle: an unaccounted for constraint on a section of the construction site that could require further project downsizing.

While the city, Miami-Dade County and the group behind the project are ironing out the details, the house at 6180 SW 63. terr. remains uninhabited.

“It’s been completed for three months,” said Danielle Blake, head of public policy at the Miami Real Estate Association. “Just sit there.”

The problem is now related to what is spatially called dedication, the separation of a portion of property, usually along a road, sidewalk, or other public passage, so that it can be used in the future without the government having to perform an eminent domain.

Since the end of October, Ms. Blake, her team, and the general contractor working on the project have been trying to address a 10-foot dedication that no one counted on the site plan – neither the association, nor the supplier, nor the initial property, city, county or now-defunct survey. community reconstruction agency that helped the project.

The dedication is listed on the Miami-Dade property appraiser’s website – the county acquired the land in 1978 but marked it as surplus in 2015 – but 10 feet has not been deducted from a square foot of land.

Miami-Dade commissioners in November 2018 narrowly approved giving the group a previously undeveloped 3,200-square-foot plot, which the county designated as surplus three years ago.

In return, Miami Realtors agreed to several terms, including selling the finished home within two years to a buyer earning 80% of the median income on the area either at a price or for $ 205,000.

In early December, trustees gave the group another six months to sell the property.

Miami Realtors also agreed that with the help of a mortgage, they will provide those who buy a house of 480 square meters of containers and a non-compliant plot on which it is built.

After nearly two years of development by Miami-basd Cobo Construction and Little River Box Co., which encountered several unforeseen problems, including the need to demolish the driveway to connect the home to the sewer system and slow down due to the pandemic, another poll caught the site commitment to commitment.

The riddle halted further progress until the reason for the dedication could be determined. With an additional 10 feet taken from one side of the property, the project footprint could suddenly be reduced to 2,800 square feet, 400 square feet less than what was designed and upgraded for.

As of early November, Miami Realtors is following two potential solutions. The group would be seen resizing the project to fit a smaller footprint. The second would be for the county to clear 10 feet to allow the project to be finalized.

“It was frustrating,” Ms. Blake said Friday. “I just want to finish this project.”

Later that day, things got complicated. The 10-foot dedication, the county said, was a mistake and should not have been accounted for; however, the county said the property is earmarked for another 25-foot purpose for future roadside curb construction.

The project site consists of two lots. If a 25-foot dedication is on one plot, that’s fine.

“And if it’s on the other side, it’s not,” she said. “I don’t know the answer to how much of that invades our property. We’ll know in a few weeks. ”

The house, which is now finished, makes optimal use of its limited space. The space for the dining room, dining room and kitchen occupies approximately half of a square meter, and the rest consists of a bedroom, bathroom and a modest wardrobe.

According to plans provided by Miami Realtors, the structure was built to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.

“It’s the last container house we’re going to build,” Miami Realtors CEO Teresa King Kinney told Miami Today in September. “Given that Miami is one of the largest ports in the world, there are a lot of container dead ends here, and container houses are excellently qualified to assess hurricanes.”

The project is one of 70 ventures funded by the group with a “mega-grant” it received in 2016 from the National Real Estate Association, Ms. Kinney said, and was “by far the largest” in the group.

County commissioners were almost divided over whether to approve the project, first sponsored by Xavier Suarez and later by his successor representing District 6, Raquel Regalado, who successfully backed an item extending the group’s deadline to sell the project until early May.

Prior to the 7-5 vote to approve the amended project on November 8, 2018, the commission debated it for 90 minutes or more.

Sally Heyman, Eileen Higgins, Barbara Jordan, Daniella Levine Cava, Jean Monestime, Dennis Moss and Mr Suarez voted in favor. Esteban “Steve” Bovo, Audrey Edmonson, Joe Martinez, Rebeca Sosa and Javier Souto voted no. Jose “Pepe” Diaz was absent.

Mr. Souto complained that the district “gave [the] owned by the people of Miami-Dade County. “Mr Martinez mocked the estimated cost of the project, $ 133,699, not counting $ 37,000 for land development.

“I thought it was a cartoon – $ 133,000 for a shed?” he said. “I didn’t believe it.”

Over the past few years, Miami-Dade officials have viewed micro-housing as one way to address the growing divide between income and housing prices, which increased by 83% between 2010 and 2017, a Miami Realtors report found. -a.

In the same period, inflation-adjusted wages here fell by an average of 7.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Across the county, more than 65% of households for renters and 44% of homes with mortgages used by owners spend more than 30% of their collective income on housing costs.

House values ​​in Miami-Dade rose nearly 5% over the past year to Nov. 30, according to real estate website Zillow, which predicts growth of 9.5% next year. shows the average price per square meter in county residences as $ 289. Provided the container house sells for $ 205,000, the price per square foot would be $ 427, not counting the mortgage.

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