Disney’s affordable housing project jumps hurdle with commission approval

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Florida Construction News staff writer

Disney’s proposed affordable housing project in Horizon cleared a hurdle with the West Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission last week.

Commissioners voted 4-3 to support a land-use change needed to build the 1,410-unit project on about 80 acres near State Road 429 and Hartzog Road.

Disney also agreed to host another community meeting before the proposal goes to state authorities for a mandatory review.

“Community leaders have identified affordable housing as one of the biggest needs in our region, and our plan can contribute to the solution,” Disney wrote on the company’s affordable housing website. “We are working very thoughtfully alongside a prominent developer to create a place that strengthens the surrounding area while making a real difference in people’s lives for years to come.”

The Michaels Organization, a nationally recognized developer, will build and operate the property, which is located a few miles from the Magic Kingdom, near schools and shopping, including Flamingo Crossings Town Center, which continues to open more retail and dining spots.

The development, which is planned to be privately financed, will be limited to applicants within a designated income range.

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