Construction underway on affordable apartments for seniors in Orange County

Rent will run between $750 and $800 a month, mayor says

A new affordable housing neighborhood for seniors is coming to Pine Hills.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A new affordable housing neighborhood for seniors is coming to Pine Hills.

Hawthorne Park Apartments is a $27 million construction project that will help low-income seniors who need an affordable home in Orange County.

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“This $27 million construction project means people will go back to work, they will begin to make an income and then we are taking care of our seniors,” Mayor Jerry Demings said.

Officials explained more than 100,000 people in Orange County spend a third of their income on housing payments, most of them seniors.

Hawthorne Park is replacing a portion of an underutilized shopping plaza off Silver Star Road and North Pine Hills Road.

It will have 120 apartment homes and amenities, including a computer room, a fitness room and a dog park for residents.

“I’m excited about the rent that will be charging these individuals which will be somewhere between $750 to $800 a month or so,” Demings said.

Last year, the county teamed up with the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and Related Urban Development and opened The Preserve at Emerald Villas, also located in Pine Hills.

Commissioner Victoria Siplin with District 6 said there are other projects in the works for Pine Hills.

“We have certain developments that are occurring. We have the Lynx bus station, we have the road improvement and we have safety improvements that are coming along,” Siplin said.

Hawthorne Park is set to welcome residents in November.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!