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Ground broken for replacement apartments for Dade Oaks

By Claire McNeill, Tampa Bay Times, November 5, 2014 2:55pm

DADE CITY — Nearly 40 years of flooding have plagued residents of the dilapidated Dade Oaks Apartments public housing complex, built at the bottom of a drainage basin in 1977.

Those residents will soon have a new home less than a mile away, in the aptly named Hilltop Landings Apartments, for which there was a ground-breaking ceremony with development firm Gorman & Co. on Wednesday.

“We’re hoping this is going to change the lives of a couple of our residents,” said David Lambert, chairman of the Pasco County Housing Authority. “They are just ecstatic about it.”

The floor plan for Hilltop Landings, a 12.8-acre site on 14th Street, will mimic the 69-unit Dade Oaks complex, but with more modern, energy-efficient units. Construction is expected to take a year and a half.

Money for the project comes from $1.75 million in county funds, to be matched with millions in state and private dollars, totaling about $15 million.

In May 2012, Dade Oaks received a failing inspection from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, prompting HUD officials to recommend a substantial rehabilitation of the complex.

The Dade Oaks site at 37460 Acorn Loop in north Dade City will be used for stormwater retention once the buildings are knocked down.

Residents Say Goodbye to 37 Years of Flooding and Sandbags: Groundbreaking Set For New Housing Complex

Immediate Release Media Contact:
J.P. Hervis

Residents Say Goodbye to 37 Years of Flooding and Sandbags: Groundbreaking Set For New Housing Complex

Dilapidated Dade Oaks complex built on lakebed in 1977 to be knocked down and replaced with modern, energy-efficient units.

Dade City, FL – For nearly four decades it was not uncommon to see sandbags protecting the families of the Dade Oaks apartments from water entering their homes. The 69-unit housing complex was built at the bottom of a drainage basin in Dade City in 1977.

On Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at noon, a new chapter in the lives of the residents of the 37-year-old, dilapidated complex will begin. Officials from the Pasco County Housing Authority and development firm Gorman & Company will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Hilltop Landings Apartments construction project. Hilltop Landings will replace Dade Oaks.

The ceremony, and most importantly the new apartment complex located at 15641 14th Street in Dade City, will be less than a mile away and outside the drainage basin. Hilltop Landings will have the same floorplan as Dade Oaks, but the finished project will feature more modern, energy-efficient units. The construction is expected to take 18 months. Dade Oaks residents will move into the new complex upon its completion.

Dade Oaks eventually will be knocked down and used for stormwater retention. The funding for the Hilltop Landings Apartments includes public support from Pasco County, Florida Housing Finance Corporation and US HUD.

Interviews Available At Event Include:
• Residents (invited and expected to attend)
• David Lambert, chair of the Pasco County Housing Authority
• Hana Eskra, Florida market president of Gorman & Company, Inc.

Event Details• Groundbreaking ceremony for Hilltop Landings Apartments
• Wednesday, November 5th, 2104 at noon
• 15641 14th Street, Dade City
• Media contact: J.P. Hervis, 305.321.4293 or 561.995.6560
• On-site contact: Hana Eskra 305-668-5810