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49 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E SIX13 CONCEPTUALIZED BY ThE DESIgN COLLECTIvE, RINKA, ThE FINAL DESIgN FOR ThESE NEw, AFFORDABLE APARTmENTS COmES FROm FORT LAUDERDALE-BASED FSmY ARChITECTS. 49 T R O P I C M A G A Z I N E ready for occupancy In desirable cities where real estate is at a premium, creating affordable housing has been a dilemma for decades. As people clamor to call Fort Lauderdale home, rents increase, in turn, those in the workforce, teachers, firefighters and so on, struggle to find a place to live. So when Jeffrey Burns, CEO at Affiliated Develop- ment proposed SIX13, a 142-residence affordable housing development where Progresso meets Flagler Village, the Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency was eager to partner. But that's just the beginning of this story. Burns was intent on creating a luxury development becauseā€¦ well, why shouldn't everyone live comfortably? Burns brought on Jaime Sturgis, CEO of Native Realty to make sure ground level retail tenants would not only activate the street, but would con- tinue to make Sistrunk Boulevard a destination, now that the Sistrunk Market & Brewery is open. To that end, as one of the tenants, he and business partner Dan Ross brought on Hot & Soul, luring the Cajun and Creole-inspired restaurant back to the city, and that has its devotees cheering. We recently sat down with Jeffrey Burns to talk, now that SIX13 has completed its journey from concep t, to final design, to finished structure. TROPIC: Affiliated has been responsible for a number of residential projects, from the adaptive re-use of a 100-year-old Gothic Revival high-rise in Kansas City to new construction, luxury apartments in Lake Worth. You've also completed a pub- lic/private partnership affordable housing plaza with 90 apartments in Miami. SIX13 is sort of a public/private partnership as well, isn't it? JEFFREY BURNS: Yes, it's absolutely a public-private-partnership. The Fort Laud- erdale CRA made a significant investment into the project, $7 million. I think the CRA understood that investing into our project could have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the city and this commu- nity. That couldn't happen without their commitment. These types of projects can't come to fruition without the collaboration of private organizations and forward- thinking city leadership. What were some of the factors that nudged you to place this project in this par- ticular location? In my mind, the fact that it is walking distance to the Brightline station is big and will only get bigger as that line expands, but what were the other boxes this site checked for you? When viewing the property on a map we concluded that it was situated within what we believe to be the natural progression of growth in our city. The site is walking distance to the Brightline train station, restaurants and entertainment in FAT Village, the MASS district, Uptown Flaglerā€¦ Plus it's a stone's throw to the city's employment center. Moreover, the Sistrunk corridor and northwest commu- nity have unique attributes that make it a likely target for redevelopment and re- purposing of existing properties. Today, it seems the bottom of the line for a one-bedroom apartment is high. At The Laureat they start at about $2,200. At Icon Las Olas a one-bedroom with 960 square feet is $3,459 a month. What will the average rent be for a 1-bed- room unit at SIX13? Around $1,600 for a one-bedroom. From what I can see, the fact that the rents are affordable has not meant the bare bones approach one often sees with new apartment projects labeled as afford- Text John T. O'Connor

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