Plans for Affordable Orlando Hotel Apartments to Reduce Crime

Orlando city leaders revealed plans to turn a decades-old hotel into an apartment complex at a community meeting on Monday, and area residents hope it will not only bring more affordable housing, but will also reduce crime in the neighborhood. off, and the homeless have nowhere to go because the Salvation Army is closed,” resident Lori Carroll said at the town hall meeting. Carroll lives near the Ambassador Hotel on Colonial Drive. When she moved six years ago, she said the landlord didn’t take care of things. “There were mattresses and prostitution right next to me,” Carroll said. “As for the Ambassador Hotel, it was happening there too.” One Stop Housing managing partner Mark Vengroff recently bought the hotel to turn it into Palm Gardens Apartments. One hundred and fifty family units will consist of studios and two bedrooms. The building manager will live on site. The renovation will cost around $7 million. “That would include gutting him completely,” Vengroff said. “All new plumbing, all new electrics, all new appliances and full kitchens.” Once groundwork begins in August, it will be the eighth hotel that Vengroff’s company will turn into affordable housing. The company has over 3,000 units, most of which are located in Florida. “Unfortunately, we don’t have to contact too many people because we have a waiting list at all of our properties,” Vengroff said. Residents like Carroll have complained about crime around the Ambassador Hotel. “I would like to hear from the other side of my fence the laughter of children instead of the screams and screams and gunshots – which is what I hear now,” Vengroff said. Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill believes the problems increased after the hotel added an extended-stay option a few years ago. “I really believe it was poor management, poor security, not really taking funds and maintenance,” Hill said. To increase security, the developer wants to add security cameras and lighting throughout the property, including building a 6-8 foot high fence around the building. “I like that he might be going to work downtown to find jobs for the community because that’s what they need,” Carroll said. “He’s left behind, this whole area is left behind.” The next community meeting will be May 18 at the College Park Neighborhood Center at 6:30 p.m. City Council will vote on financial support in June.

Orlando city leaders revealed plans to turn a decades-old hotel into an apartment complex at a community meeting on Monday, and area residents hope it will not only bring more affordable housing, but will also reduce crime in the neighborhood.

“The shots go off and the homeless have nowhere to go because the Salvation Army is closed,” resident Lori Carroll said at the town hall meeting.

Carroll lives near the Ambassador Hotel on Colonial Drive.

When she moved six years ago, she said the landlord didn’t take care of things.

“There were mattresses and prostitution right next to me,” Carroll said. “As for the Ambassador Hotel, it was happening there too.”

One Stop Housing managing partner Mark Vengroff recently bought the hotel to turn it into Palm Gardens Apartments.

One hundred and fifty family units will consist of studios and two bedrooms.

The building manager will live on site.

The renovation will cost around $7 million.

“That would include gutting him completely,” Vengroff said. “All new plumbing, all new electrics, all new appliances and full kitchens.”

Once groundwork begins in August, it will be the eighth hotel that Vengroff’s company will turn into affordable housing.

The company has over 3,000 units, most of which are located in Florida.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have to contact too many people because we have a waiting list at all of our properties,” Vengroff said.

Residents like Carroll have complained about crime around the Ambassador Hotel.

“I would like to hear from the other side of my fence the laughter of children instead of the screams and screams and gunshots – which is what I hear now,” Vengroff said.

Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill believes the problems increased after the hotel added an extended-stay option a few years ago.

“I really believe it was poor management, poor security, not really taking funds and maintenance,” Hill said.

To increase security, the developer wants to add security cameras and lighting throughout the property, including building a 6-8 foot high fence around the building.

“I like that he might be going to work downtown to find jobs for the community because that’s what they need,” Carroll said. “He’s left behind, this whole area is left behind.”

The next community meeting will be on May 18 at the College Park Neighborhood Center at 6:30 p.m.

City Council will vote on financial support in June.

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