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10-30-12 Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation Inc

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10-30-12 Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation Inc
Whereas: Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. was established in 2006 for the sole purpose of providing and developing affordable housing opportunities for the five-county region of Southwest Florida; and Whereas: Together with the Lee County Department of Human Services’ Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the Foundation successfully partnered with local contractors to renovate the abandoned Broadway Apartment complex in Fort Myers creating 36 new jobs during construction and utilizing 63 percent Minority and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises; and Whereas: This apartment complex, which previously had been a blight on the neighborhood, now provides quality housing for 40 low income families; and Whereas: Through innovative partnerships with GLE Associates, NorthBay Energy, Chris-Tel Construction, and Florida Power and Light, the Foundation incorporated a solar water heating system for the apartments that will decrease water heating costs for the families by 80 percent; and Whereas: The Broadway Apartments have achieved LEED Platinum Certification – the first affordable housing development in the State of Florida to receive this recognition. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby take great pleasure in congratulating the Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. for their work on the Broadway Apartments, and conveys our appreciation for their dedicated efforts to improve the quality of life for citizens of Lee County.