On the South Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson and WLRN reporter Nadege Green spoke with Alfredo Duran, deputy director for the city of Miami's Department of Housing and Community Development; Annie Lord, executive director of Miami Homes for All; and Ned Murray, associate director of FIU's Metropolitan Center.
Here's an excerpt of their conversation:
WLRN: Increasing the number of affordable rental units – how do you go about doing that in a market environment which has put a premium on land and means that the developers need to extract as much value as possible out of that land if they're building for residential use?
ANNIE LORD: The good news is that thanks to research by University of Miami recently we know a lot more about the vacant and publicly owned land in Miami-Dade. There's quite a bit of it. So we think that that land is potentially a major source of solutions for our affordability.
We are still conducting analysis on that land, but we think that that land is probably really conducive to smaller apartments, for either rent or to be owned, that are really organic to most of the neighborhoods we're all familiar with.