The Steel Drum Band of Faith’s Place Center for Arts & Education opened the ceremony entertaining attendees with Caribbean popular music. Over 130 community members and local residents had the first look at the 99-unit senior complex. The ten-year redevelopment of the 17-acre site was made possible by a “capital stack” of diverse funding, including tax exempt bonds, 4% tax credits, Florida Housing Finance Corporation loan and contributions from Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability, private mezzanine debt and a HUD 221 (d) (4) loan guarantee. The fee Developer is Landmark Development Corporation while the WPBHA functions as Managing General Partner. The architect for the three building project was the local firm of REG Architects; Calvin, Giordano & Associates provided engineering services, as did Rick Reikenis, P.E.
“It was the strong partnerships that we have that allowed us to stay the course and bring the Housing Authority’s vision to reality”, said Laurel Robinson, Executive Director of the WPBHA. “The Board and staff are committed to providing the best possible housing for the people we serve.”
Attendees got a first look at the complex and its amenities; featured in the one and two-bedroom apartments are: Energy Star, low-efficiency appliances, washer and dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, central A/C and ceiling fans. To ensure the safety and well-being of the residents, each tenant is provided a wireless security pendant monitored 24/7.
The complex boasts a free-standing clubhouse, where residents can enjoy diverse activities, media entertainment a senior appropriate fitness center and scheduled transportation to local stores. Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex was built to Florida Green Building Standards and is eligible for Silver LEED status.