The Pride Center at Equality Park already offers services to seniors. Now, executives there want to offer seniors a place to live.
Pride Center wants to build a five-story mixed-use residential and retail development on its property along Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.
If approved, there would be 12,346 square feet of retail space and 130 affordable housing units.
Heidi Siegel, formerly the director of the city’s Community Development Services Department, spoke on behalf of the Pride Center at the Oct. 27 commission meeting.
Siegel said she was “very proud” to bring the project to commissioners for support. The Pride Center is applying for affordable housing credits from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation and asked for a demonstration of support from the city.
The commission unanimously backed the project’s concept but the actual development will still have to go through the normal city approvals before it can be built.
“Three years ago, Commissioner Tom Green brought this to me. The only questions has always been where [do we put it?],” said Siegel. She called the project a feather in the city’s cap. One that would allow the Pride Center to expand services for seniors. Siegel added that housing would be open to LGBT and non-LGBT seniors.
Green said the Pride Center is the most logical location for senior housing because seniors won’t have to worry about transportation to take advantage of the services offered.