Almost 400 townhouses and apartments may soon be coming to Homestead after the City Council voted to change the zoning from general — usually used for agricultural development — to multi-family residential on 50 acres of vacant land.
Located off East Mowry Drive and Northeast 18th Avenue, the land will be allowed to hold a maximum of 150 apartments and 248 town homes. Lewis Swezy, a major developer of low-income and market-rate housing, will do the project, which will be surrounded by at least half a dozen other residential communities.
Swezy owns a real estate management company that specializes in industrial, low-income and market-rate housing in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Swezy has built apartment complexes in Miami Lakes, Naranja, Miami and Hialeah, as well as Royal Palm Gardens in Homestead.
Last week, the council voted 5-2 to change the zoning after the applicant submitted a zoning change application. Councilman Jon Burgess and Larry Roth dissented.
“The applicant has the right to have development that matches the surrounding zoning, which in this case is mostly residential,” said Joe Corradino, Homestead’s development services director.
Swezy told the Miami Herald he plans to build market-rate units, “no more than 150 garden-style rental apartments with one, two and three bedrooms. The remainder of the project will be townhouses for sale.”
A two-bedroom apartment will go for about $1,400 a month. Town homes will range anywhere from $209,000 to $259,000.
“There’s a demand in the market for this. We want to provide housing that will be in the price range for young couples just getting married or getting into the workforce. It will be the perfect starter home,” Swezy said.
Before construction begins, Swezy will have to submit a site plan detailing what the project would look like and how it would affect traffic.