With the high housing prices in Miami and the not so high salary its teachers make, educators are finding it difficult to live in the area. Miami-Dade’s solution? Let the teachers live IN the schools. Better yet, they’ll build them housing.
The city wants to build a new mid-rise middle school in the Brickell area packed with residential units and parking with classrooms on top. If this plan works, the county hopes to construct an entire apartment complex with as many as 300 units right next to Phillis Wheatley Elementary School.
"It’s an exciting idea," says Miami-Dade housing director Michael Liu. "Land is at a premium in Miami-Dade County. It’s difficult to come by, especially in the urban core." Teachers would get priority for the units, but they will also be available to the public. Residents would have separate entrances to the building from students and will be designed so that students and the residents would never mix during the school day. JPMorgan Chase has already granted $215,000 for the project.
Source: Miami Herald