Riviera Beach Council Vote Could Clear Way For The Sale Of Troubled Stonybrook Apartments

Aug 20, 2018

The Riviera Beach city council will vote on a series of items that would clear the way for the purchase of a troubled housing complex at a special meeting Monday. 

Residents living at the Stonybrook Apartments have complained for years about substandard living conditions—mold, electrical problems and high crime.  The federal housing authority, HUD, subsidizes the property. 

Read more: Parents Fear Mold, Asbestos At Stonybrook Apartments Are Making Their Children Sick

Millennia Housing, which currently manages the 260-apartment complex, plans to purchase it from Global Ministries Foundation.  Before it can buy the property, the city has to approve a settlement of $380,000 for code enforcement violations and planned renovations on the property that would include a new community center.

Mayor Thomas Masters says Millennia’s track record gives him hesitation that the company will be a responsible owner.

For example, nearly a month after the city condemned 36 apartments and deemed them uninhabitable for humans, Milliennia had not relocated all of the families living in those apartments.

“They get paid to take care of the things that they're supposed to take care of,” say Thomas. “They're not doing it.” 

In July, the residents at Stonybrook filed a lawsuit against Millennia, Global Ministries Foundation and the city to have the environmental concerns and living conditions addressed in a timely manner.  

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Millennia Housing.