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Square Station Miami gets city approval

Despite negative recommendations from staff and the Miami Planning and Zoning Appeals Board, the city commission unanimously approved a zoning change that paves the way for The Melo Group’s Square Station project to move forward. City commissioners were swayed by the developers’ promise to set aside 96 apartments in two proposed residential towers for workforce housing.

“I want to thank you for taking it to this level and for the affordability of this project,” said Commissioner Ken Russell. “As we try to develop this neighborhood, we are prioritizing affordability.”

Melo spokesman Tadd Schwartz The Real Deal that setting aside 96 out of the 710 planned units was a “no-brainer.” In the last three years, Melo has built more than 1,200 market rate apartments in the urban core, Schwartz said.

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