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Neology Development’s ‘The Julia’ Residences In Allapattah Receives TCO

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The Julia Residences, a $100 million, 14-story residential tower developed by Neology Life Development Group, announced the receipt of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for its 323 upscale one- and two-bedroom apartments in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood.

Residents of The Julia will enjoy an array of amenities, including its signature ninth-floor “Sunset Sky Lounge” with a resort-style pool deck, shaded gardens, cabanas, an indoor/outdoor club lounge, a wellness center, and a starlight dining terrace. The property also features private co-working areas, a dog spa, a children’s play area, high-speed fiber optics, and 13,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

“We are excited to announce The Julia Residences has received TCO,” said Lissette Calderon, Founder and CEO of Neology Life Development Group. “This milestone marks the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to creating a distinctive living experience that embodies the spirit and energy of Miami and it’s founder Julia Tuttle. The Julia Residences is a tribute to the significant role women have played in shaping Miami.”

Despite its scale and complexity, The Julia Residences was completed expeditiously, showcasing Neology’s commitment to delivering high-quality developments efficiently. This achievement underscores the company’s dedication to providing attainable luxury living while meeting Miami’s evolving housing needs within a dynamic urban landscape.

“We are very excited to be leading the residential transformation of Allapattah – helping meet the demand for housing while being able to deliver quality and access to professionals that want to live, work, and play within close proximity to the health district, downtown Miami and so many great Miami venues,” added Calderon. “Our three developments in the heart of Allapattah perfectly embody this vision.”

Located at 1625 NW 20th Street, just blocks west of the main entrance to Jackson Memorial Hospital and the new Transplant Institute, The Julia is positioned in the heart of Allapattah, a historic neighborhood bordering Wynwood and home to elite cultural institutions such as the Rubell Museum and Superblue. Allapattah has rapidly emerged as one of Miami’s most coveted neighborhoods, with a burgeoning scene of new businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Inspired by Miami’s original real estate visionary, American businesswoman Julia Tuttle, The Julia embraces a “tropics-meets-metropolis” aesthetic, combining elements of Art Deco with 1950s-style glam.  The pet-friendly property features floor-to-ceiling windows, 9-12 foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and balconies in every unit. Each apartment is equipped with energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops, European-inspired kitchen cabinetry, and in-unit washer and dryers.

As with Neology’s prior buildings, the general contractor for The Julia is JAXI Builders, Inc.; the architect is Behar Font Architects; interior design is by designBAR; and Witkin Hultz Design is the landscape architect.

The Julia’s central location offers convenient walking access to, the Civic Center Metrorail Station, the University of Miami Health System, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Miami-Dade College Medical Center.  It is also a short distance from Brickell and Downtown, home to major employers, dining, shopping, and popular attractions such as Marlins Park, Kesaya Center, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Neology also anticipates achieving TCO for Fourteen Allapattah Residences, its third apartment community in the district, by Q3 of 2024. Neology’s current ownership portfolio consists of 1,000+ apartments recently built or under construction in Miami’s urban core, with another 1,600 apartment units in the permitting or predevelopment phase and a pipeline of 2,000 additional units in South Florida and beyond.


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Julia Apartments Break Ground In Allapattah

Neology Life, led by developer Lissette Calderon, broke ground on an apartment complex in the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami after obtaining a $78.2 million construction loan.

The Julia Apartments, named for Miami founder Julia Tuttle, will have 323 units. Construction on the 12-story building at 1625 N.W. 20th St. is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

Units in the Julia will range from 586 to 892 square feet. Amenities will include a pool with cabanas, a rooftop garden, a fitness center, a coffee bar, and a dog park.

Trez Capital provided the mortgage to TCG Allapattah, an affiliate of Neology Life, for the 1.7-acre lot.

“When we evaluate lending opportunities, we focus on the needs of a community and the track record of the developer,” said Ben Jacobson, a managing director at Trez Capital. “Partnering with Lissette and understanding her vision, we think Allapattah is perfectly positioned to attract nearby working professionals and families who desire a certain level of luxury living but are priced out of places like Brickell, downtown and Wynwood.”


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Allapattah’s ‘Authentic Bario’ Feel Makes Way For Increased Development

When she came from Boston in the late 90s to study at the University of Miami, Mileyka Burgos-Flores quickly got homesick. She missed the food and flavor of her Dominican family and she was desperate for a Dominican hair salon. The cafeteria workers she’d befriended at school had the answer: we’ll take you to el barrio, they told her.

That’s how Burgos-Flores, executive director of the Allapattah Collaborative, got to know the neighborhood built up by Black Miamians and immigrants from the Caribbean and Central America. She soon picked up on Allapattah’s distinctive features. The breezy porches where neighbors actually talked to each other across the fence. The cosmopolitan bodegas and the street vendors residents knew by name. And of course, local watering holes like Club Típico Domínicano, the 1980s restaurant that shimmies into a nightclub with live music on the weekends.

“It’s a very warm and welcoming neighborhood,” said Burgos-Flores, whose work entails preserving the neighborhood and helping its small businesses thrive. “People don’t just go into local businesses to get their hair done, or to eat or to do their taxes. They go to hang out; they know each other and they keep an eye out for each other.”

That kind of pride among local residents is what drew art collector Mera Rubell to the area in 2019. Along with her husband Don and son Jason, the family converted a warehouse complex that previously housed a wholesaler of rice, beans and other food items into the Rubell Museum, previously located in Wynwood. The site sits cradled by the metroline and railroad tracks.

“This was a new frontier,” Rubell said. “Our dream was to create a kind of concentrated destination for culture. What’s nice is we’re not displacing anybody. These were old buildings that can no longer accommodate the heavy warehouse use it needs.”

The museum is just one of a collection of art spaces in the area, which runs from State Road 112 south to the Miami River and west from Interstate 95 to Northwest 27th Avenue. Jorge Pérez’s El Espacio 23 has also called industrial Allapattah home for the last two years. The newest addition to the art scene, Superblue, across the street from the Rubell, turned a warehouse into an immersive art space in May. The private museums are neighbors with a massive wholesale grocer; across the street, an open-air fruit market sells tropical fruit juices, coconut water and varieties of mangoes and bananas that swing from an awning.

Other recent additions have drawn people to the neighborhood through their bellies. Even on a weekday at lunch it can be hard to snag a parking spot at Hometown Barbecue, a New York transplant whose Brooklyn location is considered one of the country’s best barbecue spots.

It’s all quickly snowballing to turn Allapattah into Miami’s newest “it” spot. Burgos-Flores’ friends in the neighborhood share sightings of limousines ferrying partygoers to underground nightlife in the area. The charm that caught her eye two decades ago is still present; Allapattah remains a place where the word “authentic” still rings true. But there’s no denying things are changing.

New rentals are popping up and just as quickly evaporating due to demand from those who want to be close to the Miami Health District.

The latest is 14-story No. 17 Residences, on Northwest 17th Avenue. Renters — primarily medical and graduate students and health district employees quickly snapped up apartments, according to Lisette Calderon, CEO of developer Neology Life Development Group. Apartments start at $1,300 per month for a one-bedroom, one-bathroom layout.

“What I see that is exciting is the neighborhood being reimagined,” Calderon said.

Housing-wise, four other projects are in the pipeline.

The highest profile project on the books is a collection of eight buildings — many rising on stilts — designed by Danish star architect Bjarke Ingles for developer Robert Wennett. The project, at Northwest 12th Avenue, called Miami Produce Centerwill include residential units, hotel, office, retail space and a trade school on nine acres formerly home to a produce market. Permits have not yet been drawn, and the timetable is not yet set, said Javier Aviñó, Wennett’s representative for the project and Bilzin Sumberg partner.

Already underway is a senior affordable housing community at 1396 NW 36th St. The 13-story Mosaico should open by January 2022, said Jake Morrow, a principal at developer Interurban.

Along with No. 17 Residences, Neology is planning another 14-story rental nearby at 1625 NW 20th St., dubbed Allapattah 16.

Also in permitting is a third 14-story rental building, Allapattah 14, at 1470 NW 36th St.

For Burgos-Flores, whose work entails helping local mom and pops thrive, taking the foot off the accelerator just a bit seems wise.

“We love all this development that could potentially happen in the area, but we want it to be inclusive and equitable,” she said.

Small businesses she helps in the neighborhood are frequently priced out by rising rents, she said. The average resident is unlikely to be able to afford the luxury units coming up in the area. The median household income in the 33127 zip code is $34,510, according to the county demographic data from this year. Around 31% of the residents live below the poverty line. Displacing a community of people – many of whom first arrived via displacement after refugee crises in their home countries – would shred the neighborhood’s identity, Burgos-Flores said.

“People who live here want to stay,” she said. “And if they go, they want to go because they want to, not because they’re pushed out. They want to have the opportunity to stay and the opportunity to own here.”


Source:  Miami Herald

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