Letters to the Editor

A new Liberty Square is rising

There are some critical points in the Feb. 11 article Housing project redevelopment on a fast track, on our redevelopment plan, that we would like to clarify.

Related Urban and our team of diverse community-based partners are honored to be an integral part in the revitalization and redevelopment of Liberty Square.

To this end, we have added prominent community-based partners to our original team, such as the Alonzo Mourning Family Foundation, 100 Black Men of South Florida, Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, The Vailon Group, Multi Ethnic Youth Group Association, Easter Seals, Casa Valentina and artist Addonis Parker.

Our team is committed to honoring the legacy of Liberty Square and is prepared to provide the safe and secure neighborhood that the residents want and deserve.

We have met with residents and listened to and addressed their concerns in our final offer submitted to Miami-Dade County.

Specifically, the Related Urban team:

▪ Has a construction plan that ensures that the current Liberty Square families will remain in their neighborhood during and after construction by replacing all 640 housing units.

▪ Will build 216 additional units at the Lincoln Gardens site, which will include 105 new housing units for the residents of nearby Annie Coleman.

▪ Will exceed the RFA requirements by building a total of 745 public housing units.

▪ Includes Kareem T. Brantley, a Miami-born African-American developer as an equity partner

▪ Will guarantee $44 million returned to Miami-Dade County, over 95 percent of their investment

We look forward to creating our 10th successful public-private partnership with Miami-Dade County by developing Liberty Square Rising.

Alberto Milo Jr., principal/senior vice president, Related Urban Development Group, Miami