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.
“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.
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.
Developers could get up to $350,000 from the county’s American Rescue Prepare allocation for internet site structure, improvement and infrastructure, workers stated.
Viewing the property be redeveloped is crucial to the Gifford group, said resident Linda Morgan, a member of the county Economical Housing Committee. There is a need to have for affordable housing in the local community, she reported.
“I’m ecstatic about it. That was a person of the things I definitely pushed,” Morgan mentioned. “The Gifford group will respect it, specially if (the properties) are heading to be very affordable.”
Colleen Wixon is the Indian River County federal government watchdog reporter. Contact her at [email protected] or 772-978-2235.