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Local collaborations saves apartments and adds green features
Local collaborations saves apartments and adds green features

Clearwater, FL -- The Norton Apartments, on South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Clearwater, were built nearly 30 years ago and serve low-income residents.

The aging 48-unit complex was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and at risk of closing, displacing the families living there.

Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the residents; Carlton Fields, PA; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Gulfcoast Legal Services; Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County; Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, the city of Clearwater and Pinellas County Housing Authority, the residents will be able to remain in their community and the apartments will be getting a much needed renovation.

Renovations include plumbing upgrades, hurricane-resistant windows and doors as well as a number of other energy-efficiency enhancements such as higher Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio AC units and Energy Star appliances.

Pinellas County has provided an Energy Efficiency Block Grant to help finance a portion of the energy-related improvements.

“These and other improvements will extend the usable life of the units and make them more affordable to the families who rent them,” said Frank Bowman, housing development manager with the county’s Community Development department.

The Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County utilized Neighborhood Stabilization Funds (NSP) to finance the acquisition of the property by the Pinellas County Housing Authority, who will provide ongoing management of the apartments. 

Pinellas County, in partnership with the city of Clearwater, is working on a plan to leverage additional private loans as well as additional NSP2 funds to finance the renovations.

Bowman added, “This is an exciting and creative development that supports our long-term sustainability goals, and serves as an example of what partnerships can achieve when we all work together.”

Renovations to the apartments are currently underway.

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