FORT LAUDERDALE (June 2017)The Housing Authority of the City of Ft. Lauderdale (HACFL) and Atlantic | Pacific Communities (A|P Communities) are pleased to announce the grand opening of the fifth phase of the Northwest Gardens Sustainable Neighborhood and rededication of Dr. William H. Lindsey Apartments. HACFL and A|P Communities will gather with the community on Thursday, June 29th at 10 a.m. at 700 NW 12th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, 33311 to celebrate the grand opening. While HACFL’s Neighborhood Plan anticipated construction of four phases to be complete by spring 2020, this ribbon cutting marks the successful completion of five phases completed three years ahead of goal.

At the same time, Northwest Gardens Phases II and IV, a 266 unit redevelopment completed in 2014, will be re-dedicated as the W.H. Lindsey Apartments in honor of Dr. William H. Lindsey, the great change maker and social justice champion of the Northwest neighborhood. The redevelopment is a leading example of a complex, master plan implementation that transformed one of the most impoverished, drug and crime ridden neighborhoods in the country into a safe, stable, aesthetic, environmentally-friendly, and walk able community.

The $40 million in financing used for the fifth phase of development was provided by Bank of America, N.A.; Barings Real Estate Advisers, LLC; Broward County Housing Finance Authority; Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Since 2008, there has been over $200 million of public and private investment in the 660-unit redevelopment of the neighborhood where 1,500 people now reside.

A|P Communities and HACFL collaborated on this development with the goal of revitalizing the community and implementing a sense of place by creating a sustainable neighborhood that promotes urban self-sufficiency and a healthy, safe, accessible living environment.

“In rebuilding these properties with state of the art amenities, we have provided even more opportunities for residents and their families to have a productive, rewarding life,” explains Tam English, Executive Director of the HACFL. “Improved housing and vibrant community partnerships have resulted in lower crime, better school test scores and a happier, healthier community.”

Additionally, Northwest Gardens utilized the Step-Up Apprenticeship Program, a state certified apprenticeship program sponsored by HACFL and the Broward School System and Florida Department of Education. HACFL began this program by employing local residents for maintenance jobs on their properties. The program now includes training apprentices in maintenance, painting, light construction, cabinet-making, urban farming, and other entrepreneurial skills. Employees of the Step-Up Program built and installed all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry for Northwest Gardens residential buildings. A|P Communities and HACFL also hosted YouthBuild program participants at Northwest Gardens V, providing hands-on construction training.

“I am proud and honored to stand beside these men and women of the Step-Up Program,” says Scott Strawbridge, HACFL Director of Development and Facilities. “The experience has changed my life and the way I see the world.”

In 2012, the Northwest Gardens neighborhood received the first LEED-ND (neighborhood development) pre-certification in the state of Florida, second in the US, and will achieve LEED-ND Gold certification now that it is complete. The neighborhood was also nationally honored in 2012 with a US EPA Smart Growth Award for Equitable Development.

“It has been a great privilege to partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to achieve their vision of sustainable redevelopment, and it has been incredibly gratifying to watch the neighborhood transform,” said Ken Naylor, LEED AP and Chief Operating Officer of A|P Communities.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be followed by a tour of the Phase V property and the apartments, which consist of one, two and three bedrooms, with energy efficient air-conditioning, fixtures, and appliances. Members of the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, Artists in Residence and Garden Leader Training will be on hand as tour guides.

For more information about HACFL, please visit www.hacfl.com. For more information about A|P Communities, please visit www.apcommunities.com.

 

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ABOUT HACFL

The Housing Authority has been committed to providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1938 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County residents. For additional information about the programs please call Scott Strawbridge, 954-556-4100 X1406.

 

ABOUT A|P COMMUNITIES

Atlantic | Pacific Communities is a national affordable housing development company with a staff of professionals dedicated to excellence in affordable housing.  Atlantic | Pacific Communities is an affiliate of Atlantic | Pacific Companies, a fourth generation family-owned and operated real estate company who builds and operates high quality housing to serve every income level.  Atlantic | Pacific Companies employs more than 1,000 people, and conducts business in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California and the Mid-Atlantic.  We have developed over 15,000 units of multifamily rental housing, and currently manage over 32,800 multi-family units and over 500,000 square feet of commercial space in over 138 properties.  Atlantic | Pacific Communities was founded to bridge the gap between real estate development and economic development.  For additional information on Atlantic | Pacific Communities, please visit our website at www.apcommunities.com.

 

A|P COMPANIES PRESS CONTACTS:

Margie Sernik, JWI PR | +1 786-200-2516 | margie@jwipr.com

Juliana Gutierrez, JWI PR | +1 786-991-4259 | juliana@jwipr.com

 

HACFL PRESS CONTACTS:

Ann Marie Sorrell, Mosaic Group I +1 561-561-651-9565 I asorrell@upscalebymosaic.com

Mikki Royce, Mosaic Group I 1-561-651-9565 I mroyce@upscalebymosaic.com


Fort Lauderdale, FL | June 15, 2017:  The Northwest community of Fort Lauderdale will launch a new name, brand, and website on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  The community is invited to attend the Backyard Boogie, a gathering to celebrate Historic Sistrunk, the Heart & Soul of the City.  

It’s going to be a potluck style cookout and block party in the City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency’s (NPFCRA) parking lot located at 914 Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL.  There will be music, activities for kids, lots of laughs and great memories.  In addition, the event will be infused with ice breakers and trivia style games to highlight the community’s historical figures and trailblazers.  Guests can host a table for their family and friends and bring their favorite dish to the Backyard Boogie.  In addition, Historic Sistrunk inspired foods and beverages will be served including a Guava-Mango drink (non-alcoholic), fried fish, and “Led Bread” for dessert.

Guests will also get a first look at the new Historic Sistrunk website (historicsistrunk.com) and hear about upcoming redevelopment efforts for the Historic Sistrunk neighborhood. 

The Backyard Boogie is free to attend and open to the public. For more information and to reserve a table or RSVP, call (754) 800-4730, email historicsistrunk@gmail.com or visit fortlauderdalecra.com.

To learn more about the initiatives of the NPFCRA, visit: fortlauderdalecra.com or call (954) 828‐6130. For media inquiries, contact Ann Marie Sorrell at The Mosaic Group – 561.651.9565.

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Affiliated Development to Relocate Corporate Headquarters to Sistrunk Community

(Ft. Lauderdale – June 7, 2017) – The Ft. Lauderdale Northwest Progresso Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment (NPF- CRA) gave final approval for $7 million of gap funding to Affiliated Development for the construction of the mixed-use development property named The Six 13 late Tuesday. The project begins in 2018 at 613 N.W. 3rd Ave., in the Northwest Progresso Flagler Heights neighborhood, creating approximately 260 jobs during construction.

“With the CRA Board of Commissioners approving the funding request for the SIX13 Project, the Northwest Community will begin seeing quality development in its neighborhood,”  Jonathan Brown, NPF CRA Manager expressing his optimism, “While quality development isn’t new to Fort Lauderdale, what makes this project special is its location.  This is the largest incentive given to a developer west of the FEC railway (on Sistrunk Blvd) and it is a win for the NPF CRA.  The momentum this project will create makes it a catalyst for other quality projects we are working on in the CRA.”

The eleven story building will have 8,300 square feet of ground-level retail and 240 parking spaces with an estimated property tax revenue in excess of 18,000,000 over the next 30 years. SIX13 will have 86 one-bedroom units and 56 two-bedroom units starting at $1,100 per month. It was designed by Rinka Chung Architecture with a rooftop pool deck, community room, fitness center and concierge service.

“This project is very near and dear to my heart”, explains Jeff Burns, CEO of Affiliated Development, “I’ve completed projects in other cities and to be able to deliver a project in the city that I live in is truly special.”

Affiliated Companies is a national real estate and investment company with an office in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. For more information about The Six13 go to TheSix13.com.

For more information about the NFP CRA contact Mikki Royce at the Mosaic Group 561-651-9565.

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City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency Hosts Weekend Event


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL | June 5, 2017 –  The City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is hosting a free two-day financial summit on June 9 at the Old Dillard Museum, 1009 NW 4th St. Fort Lauderdale, 33311 and June 10 at Midtown Commerce Center, 1033 Sistrunk Blvd. (NW 6th St), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.  Both events are from 9 am to 12 noon.  The Financial Summit will include information from traditional, non-traditional, and micro lending opportunities for businesses and homeowners.  In addition, the CRA will discuss its commercial and residential incentive programs.
 
Friday, June 9, the Financial Summit is for small businesses, retailers and commercial entities that are currently located in the Fort Lauderdale Village District (Historic Sistrunk, Progresso Village and Flagler Village) and those who are considering expansion, relocating and starting a business in the area.  The panel of financial experts will provide information regarding access to capital and will answer questions from attendees.  Attendees can also meet with lenders one-on-one to discuss their individual needs. Participating financial institutions include: Broward Chapter of Mortgage Professionals, Brightstar Credit Union, Florida Community Bank, PNC Bank, Suntrust Bank, US Small Business Association, and Wells Fargo.
 
Saturday, June 10, the Financial Summit is geared towards homeowners in need of home improvements and those who are considering purchasing a home in the area.  Lenders will offer advice and guidance to help through the process of buying or refinancing a home. Owners and potential owners will have the opportunity to meet with experts one-on-one including: PNC Bank, Brightstar Credit, SunTrust Bank, Union, Broward Housing and Finance and Redevelopment, Broward Housing Solutions, Florida Community Bank, Urban League of Broward County and Wells Fargo Bank.
 
The overall goal of the CRA is to eliminate slum and blight in targeted redevelopment areas through the implementation of each area’s community redevelopment plan, foster dynamic and vibrant commercial and residential environments and expand economic opportunities in the community. For more information about the Financial Summit or about the CRA, visit fortlauderdalecra.com or call 954- 828-6130.
 
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