ORLANDO, Fla. – Ground was broken Friday for a new housing development that will bring over 200 homes to the Parramore area.
The ceremony for Parramore Oaks, which will go up in a vacant 6-acre lot at the corner of Parramore Avenue and Conley Street, started 10:30 a.m. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 City Commissioner Regina Hill spoke to commemorate the event.
The project's groundbreaking has been 15 years in the making. Hill said the new development will be one of many, acknowledging the area's need for more affordable living spaces.
"We all long for a nice place to call home regardless of the income level," Hill said. "As we strive to make Orlando more livable for everyone, yes, everyone, you will see more housing options that's going to be arising in this very area."
Two phases are planned for the development. The first will bring 120 units and is expected to take 18 months. In total, 211 units are expected, some of which will be affordable housing and some of which will go for the market rate.
City officials said the project will support "the city’s effort to ensure residents have access to quality, safe and affordable housing." It will also fulfill the guideline set forth by the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan, which outlines 10 principles for forward-looking development.