Neighborhood business leaders and stakeholders are now partnered as community developers to transform one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods; reviving the history and spirit of one of Miami’s first Entertainment Districts. As a community-based organization, this coalition of community leaders and civic entrepreneurs have come together to form the District Partnership Initiative. The District Partnership Initiative (DPI) is a community-based partnership dedicated to supporting the City of Miami’s Southeast Overtown CRA, local associations, and the Vision for the Historic Overtown Folklife District. DPI is composed of community leadership that through its landholdings and resources seek to advance a sound Development Implement Strategy, advocate for policies that provide long-term economic sustainability, and to ensure an improved quality of life for the greater Overtown community.

district partnership initiative

Neighborhood business leaders and stakeholders are now partnered as community developers to transform one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods; reviving the history and spirit of one of Miami’s first Entertainment Districts. As a community-based organization, this coalition of community leaders and civic entrepreneurs have come together to form the District Partnership Initiative. The District Partnership Initiative (DPI) is a community-based partnership dedicated to supporting the City of Miami’s Southeast Overtown CRA, local associations, and the Vision for the Historic Overtown Folklife District. DPI is composed of community leadership that through its landholdings and resources seek to advance a sound Development Implement Strategy, advocate for policies that provide long-term economic sustainability, and to ensure an improved quality of life for the greater Overtown community.


The Historic Overtown Folklife District is within an emerging neighborhood and premier location with excellent opportunities as a Transit Oriented Development. The District area is an assemblage of approximately 25-acres with close proximity to some of the largest employers in the region, to include: two major colleges; major hospitals and a medical research institute; arts and entertainment, sports arena venues within blocks, the Miami Performing Arts Center; along with immediate access to Interstate 95, major roadway arterials, railway facilities and or forms of public transportation.


Redeveloped primarily high-density mixed-use (residential, commercial/retail), the District will evolve as a mixed-income housing community, offering a variety of affordable housing choices, including loft housing for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses. Education is also part of this comprehensive plan, as the DPI association will also work with local colleges and universities training students in business, architecture, hotel management, historic preservation, and marketing.


The DPI proposed implementation strategy for the community estimates approximately 2,800 housing units, and more than 500,000 square feet of commercial retail to be a viable opportunity. Build-out investment for proposed redevelopment is estimated at $628 million.

Further, collectively DPI maintains several strategically located properties within the District. In collaboration with developable land-owners, DPI will continue to play a major role in the planning and visioning of this historic community.

The District Partnership Initiative sees this as an opportunity to create a well designed implementation strategy for sustainable community redevelopment that will results in major investment to include strong commercial and retail business environment, supported by a healthy combination of market-rate and affordable housing, and improved transit and green space development.

Development Implementation PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • District Partners will lead physical redevelopment and landholdings will be developed as a mixed-income housing community, offering a variety of attainable housing choices that are environmentally responsible, including loft housing for artists, along with attractive ground floor shops and businesses.
  • This “Main Street” neighborhood with a unique live/work community close to the downtown core, with ethnic restaurants, boutique hotels, neighborhood retail, annual street festivals and events becomes the magnet for attracting tourism.
  • Public Art is enjoyed by pedestrian friendly walking places and Transit Oriented Development, and secured by the support of a 24-hour neighborhood.
  • Support the “Arts in Public Spaces” creation of an artisan village to bring about a greater awareness of the neighborhood’s past and present cultural creativity, and to develop youth programs/internships consistent with the concept of an arts educational institute.
  • Education also plays a role with an emphasis on the cultural arts, in partnership with local colleges and universities the community will enjoy access to higher education in business, architecture, hotel management, historic preservation, and marketing.
  • Finally, it is anticipated that this effort will create a momentum that expands well beyond the District boundaries and encourage revitalization throughout the entire Overtown community.


Initially, with the benefit of foundation and corporate support, DPI intends to continue to lead the redevelopment effort with the hire of personnel, consultants, and other professionals; all brought together to facilitate a program that supports comprehensive complimentary, and non-competitive implementation of District revitalization.