In 1954, the Scott and Carver Homes Public Housing Development opened its doors to Miami-Dade county residents. After a half-century of use, the deteriorating 850-unit barracks-style apartment complex was in need of revitalization. Community members and officials saw a need for change and, in 1999, successfully applied for a Hope VI Revitalization Grant to create a revitalized mixed-income community.
In 2008, after facing difficulties in implementing Phase II of the original plan, Miami-Dade County selected a Development Team led by McCormack Baron Salazar, Reliance Housing Foundation and Urban Strategies for the revitalization of the Scott/Carver Community.
In mid-September 2010, the Development Team closed on the financing for $65 million Phase II of the Project financed with a blend of public and private sources. The goals of the new development were to create a high-quality, mixed-income community that enhances economic and social opportunities for its residents. Phase II of the Scott Carver HOPE VI, now called Northpark at Scott Carver, features 354 apartments in townhouses and garden apartment buildings with modern amenities.
The revitalized community features a common meeting and event space, computers with internet and printer service, on-site property management staff, and a fitness center. Outside, residents enjoy ample green space throughout the development, with outdoor amenities like a pool, playgrounds and tot lots. The community is Enterprise Green Communities certified. Residents welcomed this focus on sustainable, cost-efficient features in their community, which provide residents with reduced utility bills and healthier home environments.
Urban Strategies is leading the effort to link the physical redevelopment with community and supportive services such as access to employment, job training, technological and educational services. With a community plan and state-of-the-art design features, the revitalized Scott/Carver Community is a healthy, strong and vibrant neighborhood that works to meet the needs of all residents.