Miami-Dade County has cut a deal with the developer of a Brickell apartment tower to set aside 26 units as affordable workforce housing for lawyers working in the state attorney's office.

Chicago-based Focus is planning to build a 39-story apartment tower at the site of the former Starlite East Motel at 128 SW Seventh St. in Miami's Brickell neighborhood. Demolition of the aging motel has begun to clear the way for the 517-unit project, which will be known as Miami Starlite.

At a June 20 meeting of the county zoning board, commissioners tied County Commission approval of the project to a commitment from the developer to provide affordable housing to attorneys working in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office.

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