Affordable accommodations in Riviera Beach

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – South Florida’s housing crisis continues to impact hard-working families, but now there is hope in a local town in Palm Beach County.

On Tuesday, Riviera Beach opened a new affordable housing complex for low-income families along the revitalized stretch of Broadway Avenue.

It is called Berkeley Landing and will be built on vacant land along US-1.

“It’s critical,” said Jonathan Evans, manager of Riviera Beach City. “This type of development will create synergy within the corridor and will allow additional economic development within our city.”

The three-story project will include 110 units consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

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Rendering from Berkeley Landing to Riviera Beach.

Amenities include a clubhouse, pool and cabanas, fitness center, cyber lounge, covered pavilion, playground and enclosed dog walking area. The sculpture art will be installed in two city-dedicated civic plazas along Broadway and Lake Shore Drive.

“We have hard surface flooring and countertops throughout, we have shatter resistant windows and Energy Star appliances in all units,” said Pinnacle Communities Regional Vice President Tim Wheat.

The development will help tackle the current housing crisis and meet the needs of low-income families.

“Healthcare workers and municipal workers, teachers, firefighters and first-timers who are often overpriced conventional housing,” Wheat said.

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Rendering from Berkely Landing to Riviera Beach.

It will also include two living/working spaces for local entrepreneurs like Nicole Thomas, who has already been named as one of the potential residents.

“My storefront will be downstairs and my living quarters will be upstairs,” Thomas said.

She’s a massage therapist who struggled to find housing while trying to grow her own business.

“I was wondering if I could stay in this area and when this opportunity came up it was so huge,” Thomas said.

With Berkeley Landing, she will finally be able to find an affordable place to call home and have the opportunity to expand.

“Having this new space will allow me to bring in an esthetician and a stretching practitioner, so we can do collaborative efforts and give more to the community,” she said.

Berkeley Landing will be built by PCDS Construction, an experienced joint venture between D. Stephenson Construction, South Florida’s largest minority-owned construction company, and PC Building, LLC, Pinnacle’s construction subsidiary.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

For more information on Berkeley Landing, click here.

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