The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in th Continental United States

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Affordable Housing Project Begins

Members of the Key West City Commission, the Monroe County Housing Authority and other local officials ceremoniously broke ground today on the Garden View Apartments, kicking off the construction of City's new affordable workforce housing on College Road.

The City of Key West has partnered with the Key West Housing Authority to create 103 one-bedroom units explicitly made for the local workforce.

The City Commission, after exploring a number of ways to best use the property, directed staff to proceed with creating the much-needed housing. The City-owned properties that formerly housed the old mosquito control facility, the SPCA, and Easter Seals were demolished and new construction will begin on the site. The new units will run about 650 square feet, and the project includes parking for 125 cars as well as bike and scooter parking.

Estimated at about $27 million, the project will rely on state Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Relief funding and the Housing Authority’s borrowing capacity as well as the Monroe County Land Authority.

 groundbreaking

In the photo: City Commissioner Clayton Lopez, Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay, City Commissioners Billy Wardlow and Gregory Davila, City Manager Greg Veliz, City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, Key West Mayor Teri Johnston, County Commissioner Craig Cates, Parks and Recreations Board member John Parks, Housing Authority Board member Roosevelt Sands, Bahama Village Redevelopment Advisory Committee member Annette Mobley, Housing Authority Director Manual Castillo and Architect William Horn.