First phase complete on project to turn blighted hotel into affordable housing


Florida Construction News staff writer

Orlando has reached a milestone in its efforts to create affordable housing, with the grand opening of Palm Gardens Orlando. The newly renovated complex, was transformed from the blighted Ambassador Hotel.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the first 95 units the National League of Cities (NLC) 100th-anniversary nationwide tour, officials unveiled a commemorative mural celebrating their contribution to this vital community initiative.

Following the ribbon-cutting, attendees toured two of the newly completed units and office space that will serve as a hub for coordinating housing services and programs. The entire project, to be completed by the end of the year, will include 150 units with 15 designated as permanent supportive housing.

It’s among the first projects to receive funding through the city’s Accelerate Orlando initiative, which is leveraging $58 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds to combat homelessness and expand affordable housing options.

“Palm Gardens Orlando is a testament to our dedication to creating sustainable, affordable housing solutions for our residents,” said Mayor Buddy Dyer. “This project not only provides a safe place to live but also a community that supports and uplifts its members.”


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