ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Historic Jordan Senior Village is history.
- Three-story complex planned for Jordan Park site
- Nearly three dozen relatives relocated in temporary housing
- Funding being discussed
The 31 units in south St. Petersburg are fenced out, closed down and ready for demolition.
St. Petersburg Housing Authority has plans to build a three-story housing complex on this site as soon as it can raise funds.
The organization is asking for $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money specifically for the proposed Jordan Park Housing Complex and about another $2.06 million in CRA money for general funding for the St. Pete Housing Authority.
Meanwhile, the nearly three dozen residents who called the village home have been relocated in temporary housing throughout town. Some of them aren't happy at all with their homes away from home.
"Bathroom small, kitchen, I got to leave my dishes out at night," said former Jordan Park resident Teresa Willingham. "It's hot. Air conditioning doesn't blow out enough cool air."
She also has a monthly electric bill that averages about $130 that she didn't have when she lived in Jordan Park. She says that money is hard to come by living on a fixed income.
St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love said it has made every effort to make this transition as easy as possible, offering to move residents and giving them vouchers for electric or gas bills
But the fact is, the project is at best three years from being completed. And some former residents say for the elderly, three years might as well be a lifetime.