Indian River donating land to bring housing to Gifford Gardens property

The Gifford Gardens property is seen on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, along 40th avenue at 47th Lane, in Indian River County. The county is looking into redeveloping the property that once held a 55-unit apartment complex, and turning the 3.3-acre site into 22 affordable homes.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The county is looking for a developer to flip a previous eyesore into affordable housing in Gifford.

The approach is for a personal organization to make up to 22 properties on the former Gifford Gardens web page, 4730 40th Ave. Proposals are due by mid-September.

The county purchased the 3.3 acres past year for $10,000, county data show, with designs to clear up and establish the web-site. Now it plans to transform about the home to the effective developer.

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“We are fully commited to make it proper. It was erroneous in the earlier,” County Commission Chairman Joe Flescher reported. 

In 2011, the 55-device Gifford Gardens apartments complex was condemned by the county and demolished right after years of complaints from constructing inspectors, regulation enforcement and health officials. Before the county purchased the assets, it had accumulated practically $500,000 in unpaid county liens and again taxes.

After years of complaints from building inspectors, law enforcement and health officials, the 55-unit Gifford Gardens apartment complex, pictured in October 2010, was demolished in 2011.

The prosperous developer would create very low-charge houses on modest 5,000- to 7,000-square-foot lots. Recreation facilities such as a swimming pool are not required since comparable facilities are readily available at the Gifford Aquatic Heart and Gifford Youth Accomplishment Center, employees explained.