Ground broken on affordable senior housing complex in Orange County

More housing options are coming to Orange County. 

County officials and Wendover Housing Partners broke ground on a massive complex for seniors on Wednesday in Pine Hills.

"This is a community that is ripe for some rehabilitation and it begins with housing," Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said. The 27-million, 120-unit affordable senior housing complex will feature lots of amenities. Mayor Demings said that this includes, "a fitness center, theater room, computer room, activity room with kitchen, library."

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Hawthorne Park will be the new anchor for redeveloping Pine Hills, Mayor Demings said. It will replace a portion of an under-utilized shopping center on Silver Star Road. New stores and a Lynx bus station are being built nearby.

Rent will reportedly be between the mid-700's and high-800's.

Wendover CEO and Founder Jonathan Wolf said that the development is just the start of addressing the housing crisis in Central Florida, using both private and public relationships.

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"Just imagine instead of run-down buildings and no man’s land, we’re going to have a thriving town center, mixed-use, mixed-income. A place that’s good. A place that’s clean where folks feel good about opening for business and raising their families," Wolf said.

Over 150 people will be able to live at the complex.

Move-in day is expected by the end of the year.

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