BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach’s board members and staff welcomed the construction of its newest development. Ground was broken September 5 on Northwood Village II.
A 27-unit property will be constructed and located on 1.93 acres in unincorporated Volusia County. The total cost of construction is over $3.5 million.
This will be the first new affordable housing of this type constructed in Daytona Beach in nearly 30 years, according to a press release provided to the Daytona Times.
Among those in attendance at the groundbreaking included U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Field Office Director Buz Ausley; Daytona Beach Housing Authority board members Robin Courtney, Sonya Frazier, Steve Koenig and John Kretzer, and CEO Anthony E. Woods; Deborah Hallisky of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.; and Daytona Beach Housing Development Corporation (DBHDC) CEO Joyours “Pete” Gamble.
In September 2010, a concept meeting was held to discuss the development of the site and in September 2011, the Volusia County Council unanimously approved the zoning change necessary to allow for construction.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved construction of the development in October 2012 through its Fair Housing Equal Opportunity Department.
The funding is primarily through the use of Capital Grant Replacement Housing Factor.
“The new property will be the catalyst for the future disposition of our Walnut Oak property. Also, the build will increase the agency’s total inventory count to provide affordable housing to seven additional eligible families,” Woods said.
Gamble, the former CEO of the Housing Authority and now president of DBHDC, said the development would have an immediate impact by bringing more work to the area plus an annual increase of funding for additional affordable housing units.
All units will be equipped with audible/visual fire alarm systems; fire suppression sprinkler system; Energy-Star appliances; stained wood cabinets; carpeting in living room and bedrooms; and vinyl flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and front entry. There will also be a picnic and barbeque grill area.