City moves forward on affordable senior housing project in Highland Gardens neighborhood

dtvolz City moves forward on affordable senior housing project in Highland Gardens neighborhood

David Volz

Reporter at Hollywood Gazette
David Volz is a freelance writer and reporter living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
dtvolz City moves forward on affordable senior housing project in Highland Gardens neighborhood

Hollywood residents may not be aware of the struggle many of their senior neighbors face to pay for a quality house or apartment. But all that could change soon.

At a recent meeting, the Hollywood Commission joined an agreement with Pinnacle Housing Group and the City of Hollywood to provide a local government loan for the development of an affordable senior housing project on Adams Street.
During the meeting, members of the public spoke about the importance of providing affordable housing for senior citizens, many of whom are struggling to pay for a quality house or apartment in Hollywood. Commissioner Linda Sherwood described how many older residents in her building have run through their entire life savings.

The agreement paves the way for a sales agreement between Pinnacle at Peacefield and the City of Hollywood to purchase 5.5 acres of land on Adams Street between South 24th Avenue and South Dixie Highway, which is owned by the City of Hollywood and the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Pinnacle was previously unsuccessful in winning an allocation of tax credits needed to fund the redevelopment project it proposed for the site. So, the city has now stepped up and agreed to provide a local government loan not to exceed $578,000 to keep the project moving forward. According to the agreement, the total shared expenditure is about $2.1 million.

The Miami-based developer has agreed to build at minimum 100 affordable senior citizen rental housing units for people age 55 and older. Ten percent of these units will be set aside for extremely low-income residents.

The project’s proposal includes three buildings with garden-style apartments. There will be 120 units in total; 72 one-bedroom units and 48 two-bedroom units and 157 parking spaces. More than 28 percent of the property is promised to be dedicated to open space.

There have been past efforts to develop the property on Adams Street, but economic problems thwarted those attempts. In 2004 and 2005, the Hollywood CRA purchased the lots on Adams Street and the City made improvements to the water and sewer systems and capital improvements to the lighting, sidewalks and streetscape on Adams Street and Washington Street.
Various companies have also looked for past ways to develop the property but have been unsuccessful. In 2007, Pinnacle Housing Group was awarded an RFP to develop the site, but the housing market crashed shortly after the award was given. In 2012, Carlisle Development Group was awarded an RFP to develop the site with affordable rental housing, but the development never went forward. Finally in 2015, Pinnacle Housing Group was awarded an RFP to develop the site with affordable rental senior housing.

The purchase agreement includes a reverter clause. In 65 years, the property will revert back to the City of Hollywood, including any improvements made to the property.

“Our goal is for synergistic development that balances community needs, policy goals and economic viability,” city manager Wazir Ishmael has said of the project.

About David Volz

David Volz is a freelance writer and reporter living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Anthony

    Are you freaking KIDDING me with this crap, Hollywood?!?!? We don’t have enough Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and Senior Living facilities already?!?!?! At last count, the city has no less than THIRTY FIVE (35) ALFs; some well-run, but many abysmal in their care! Jesus….how much more crap are you going to stuff into this city?!?!? Every other city is beautifying and inviting a more youthful residency and we’re actually INVITING an older, dying population with nothing invested in making this city better because they’re either stuck indoors or traveling back and forth to the hospitals!!!! How many more “affordable” things are we going to welcome here?!

    But hey, lets actively work for negative growth, more dying golf courses, nothing modern and paint MORE graffiti on our walls that end up being taken down as eyesores a few months later! Hell, we can’t even tear down our eyesores, or at least make them nicer to look at! I mean WTF?!! The surrounding cities our kicking our *ss!! Dania just approved a big entertainment-destination area in the fashion of Gulfstream Park, the Seminoles are undergoing a two billion dollar renovation to the Hard Rock! Every other city is modernizing and driving forward, and this city is stuck in “Park”! By all means, let’s allow MORE ALFs, more homeless folks, more rat-hole motels on Federal Hwy, more Asian Massage Parlors, more Pawn Shops and more halfway houses into our city limits! And we wonder WHY nobody wants to stay here?

    This city is officially on life support and our city leaders want to hasten its demise by making it even LESS attractive to visit beyond stopping for gas or a bathroom break in-between traveling to/from Miami and Ft Lauderdale?!? No matter how many water towers you paint, no matter how nice you make a park (for the many homeless who stay here) and no matter how much “artful graffiti” you slap on the walls, this city will NEVER prosper unless you’re willing to MOVE FORWARD with the times! You can only milk the beach so much! And half of it is owned by Canadians who want the city to stay old and boring so they can come here every year and relax without the “hassles of modernity”!

    This city is old and getting older and sicker! People are opting to move to other cities! Shops/stores open up, and close down. Wow….we got a Margaritaville and a Walmart! Big whoop! Margaritaville was a consolation prize because they couldn’t get the city they really wanted, and both are too big to fail…..but if they could, I’m sure this would be the city for them to do so! After all….what can possibly grow in salted earth?! There’s a reason why Hollywood was voted the New Times, 2008 Best City to film a Zombie Movie in, designation!! This city defies physics in being the first city to go from a “shining diamond” to a lump of coal!!!! Jesus I can’t wait to move and watch this city crumble from afar!

  • Anthony

    Are you freaking KIDDING me with this crap, Hollywood?!?!? We don’t have enough Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) and Senior Living facilities already?!?!?! At last count, the city has no less than THIRTY FIVE (35) ALFs; some well-run, but many abysmal in their care! Jesus….how much more crap are you going to stuff into this city?!?!? Every other city is beautifying and inviting a more youthful residency and we’re actually INVITING an older, dying population with nothing invested in making this city better because they’re either stuck indoors or traveling back and forth to the hospitals!!!! How many more “affordable” things are we going to welcome here?!

    But hey, lets actively work for negative growth, more dying golf courses, nothing modern and paint MORE graffiti on our walls that end up being taken down as eyesores a few months later! Hell, we can’t even tear down our eyesores, or at least make them nicer to look at! I mean WTF?!! The surrounding cities our kicking our *ss!! Dania just approved a big entertainment-destination area in the fashion of Gulfstream Park, the Seminoles are undergoing a two billion dollar renovation to the Hard Rock! Every other city is modernizing and driving forward, and this city is stuck in “Park”! By all means, let’s allow MORE ALFs, more homeless folks, more rat-hole motels on Federal Hwy, more Asian Massage Parlors, more Pawn Shops and more halfway houses into our city limits! And we wonder WHY nobody wants to stay here?

    This city is officially on life support and our city leaders want to hasten its demise by making it even LESS attractive to visit beyond stopping for gas or a bathroom break in-between traveling to/from Miami and Ft Lauderdale?!? No matter how many water towers you paint, no matter how nice you make a park (for the many homeless who stay here) and no matter how much “artful graffiti” you slap on the walls, this city will NEVER prosper unless you’re willing to MOVE FORWARD with the times! You can only milk the beach so much! And half of it is owned by Canadians who want the city to stay old and boring so they can come here every year and relax without the “hassles of modernity”!

    This city is old and getting older and sicker! People are opting to move to other cities! Shops/stores open up, and close down. Wow….we got a Margaritaville and a Walmart! Big whoop! Margaritaville was a consolation prize because they couldn’t get the city they really wanted, and both are too big to fail…..but if they could, I’m sure this would be the city for them to do so! After all….what can possibly grow in salted earth?! There’s a reason why Hollywood was voted the New Times, 2008 Best City to film a Zombie Movie in, designation!! This city defies physics in being the first city to go from a “shining diamond” to a lump of coal!!!! Jesus I can’t wait to move!

    • JimOnTheBeach

      Anthony, I think maybe you should move somewhere you will be happy and hope your life turns out to be so blessed that you will have no money problems in your later life.

      • Anthony

        Hey Jim? You don’t know my station in life….so don’t pretend as if you do. You guys love to “spread the wealth”….so why not do it for this? Why must Hollywood be the dumping ground all manner of homeless, infirmed, addicted and impoverished? You must not own property in this city, or own it where you’re shielded from the garbage! Hollywood has THE HIGHEST ratio of ALFs of any city in the state!!

        I noticed you mentioned nothing about the other garbage I referenced, that the city seems to invite. Very telling.