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Plan for Senior Apartments Moves Forward

Authorities plan to redevelop a shopping center site into a senior living community.

The Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) plans to break ground on a new 153-unit apartment complex for seniors this summer.

The proposed new Pinellas Heights senior community would be located off of Ulmerton Road near 113th Street and the Pinellas Trail at a shopping center site.

More than $17 million could be invested into the local economy through this project from 2012-2013, according to  a news release.

About 200 jobs could be created from the project during the 18 months of construction. Plus, management and maintenance jobs would be created for the new housing community. The PCHA expects the creation of a total of 395 jobs, according to a press release.

Currently the housing authority is holding workshops with potential contractors. The authority plans to meet with subcontractors on May 1.

Norstar works with the housing authority.

Leroy A Haggard April 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I hope they will not do what others have done. Ever go past some of those shopping malls, where parking is directly in front of the entranceway of the stores. What that means, if a person can no longer drive, and must use public transportation, one must walk,and walk, across the parking lot without the benefit of sidewalks, and return the sameway, but perhaps this time woith arms filled with purchased merchandise. I refuse to shop at any store where I have to walk great distances to get to the entrance. It seems everything is geared to those who drive, and to those who must get around on foot, it is a "Who Cares" attitude. It parking areas caqn be built in front of the store, then they just as easily gbe built to the side or rear, but keep the front as clear as possible.
David April 23, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Great, more old people moving in close to where I live. More ambulance sirens, more traffic. Wonderful.
sharon April 23, 2012 at 01:50 PM
you can always move,just remember someday you will be a senior
Leroy A Haggard April 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Unfortunately, that thought was never in mind when many of the shopping areas were planned. No one can drive forever, and like it or not, must rely on public transportation. Florida is not geared for the elderly.

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