Proposed Pride Center Housing Causes Some Concern

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At a recent Central Area Neighborhood Association [CANA] meeting, some attendees expressed concern over planned affordable housing at The Pride Center on Dixie Highway.

Paul Rolli, president of CANA, said concerns were mostly about how the project would impact traffic and city resources. “The standard concerns.” But he said it was too early for anyone to make an informed judgement.

“It’s nothing that hasn’t been done already,” said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center, about the 48-unit project.

Boo estimates the project will break ground at the end of 2017. “We’ve got quite a ways to go.” Along with the new construction, the entrance to The Pride Center will be shifted a little further south. Boo said it would make exiting a little more safe because it will give drivers more time to react to vehicles coming around the curve on Dixie Highway.

When finished, the development will also include an exercise area, recreation area, 11,000 square feet of meeting space and a computer lab. The second phase of the project will include an additional 75 to 80 residences.

The federally-funded project will be open to anyone but Boo expects it will mostly be LGBT individuals who are interested in living there. “We can’t discriminate but we’re hopeful everyone is LGBT-friendly at the very least.”

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