A mix of affordable housing and market rate rents will be available at the new Pendana at West Lakes, thanks to a $36 million loan made possible through partnerships forged by LIFT Orlando, a nonprofit that helps residents break the cycle of poverty through neighborhood revitalization.

The deal enables the development of a new mixed-income complex with 200 units, 160 of which will be for affordable housing with rents that start at $550 a month. The remaining 40 units will charge market rates that could range from $750 for a one-bedroom to $1,100 for a three-bedroom apartment.

Of the 80 percent of units slated for low-income residents, 10 of those units will house homeless veterans. The state-of-the-art, energy-efficient apartment complex will include a pool, playgrounds, fitness center, a business center and community rooms.

The complex is being built in a low-income area near Camping World Stadium that once was home to financially strapped Orange Manor and Washington Shores apartments. It had a crime rate 21 times higher than the national rate.

The City of Orlando bought the two communities, along with five other foreclosed apartment complexes for $6.8 million on April 15. Lift Orlando Community Land LLC bought the nearly 15-acre parcel from the city of Orlando last summer.

“The west side was the first African American suburb recognized by the housing authority federally in the country,” said Eddy Moratin, executive director of LIFT Orlando. “There was this irony of great legacy but yet great poverty and despair.” 

Construction on Pendana at West Lake began in January with completion slated for April 2018. The first 200 apartments will be built on 12.1 acres and will be followed by another 120 senior-living apartments on 2.8 acres.

The complex will also bring much-needed jobs to the area. Contractors will be hiring at the Pendana at West Lakes Job Fair 5 to 8 p.m. March 30 at Orange Center Elementary School, 621 S. Texas Ave. Orlando.

Financing for the project, which fronts Orange Center Boulevard west of Tampa Avenue, included $22.8 million from SunTrust Community Capital and a $7.4 million loan from Valley National Bank. Florida Sail Fund provided a $2 million construction loan. Additional funding was provided by the Orange County Housing Finance Agency, the City of Orlando and investment by the development partners.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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13 Responses

    • Latoya Bryant

      Hello me and my family is currently homeless I’m a single mother looking for housing

  1. Latoya Bryant

    Hello me and my family is currently homeless I’m a single mother looking for housing

  2. Jasmine

    Single mother of 3 very interested please contact me asap

  3. Ebony Deputy

    I would like to know the process of completing an application.


    • Raynett

      Is the area safe where these pendana at West lakes located

  4. Lydia Newberry

    Looking to apply need help finding info to apply for appartnents

  5. Lisa G Stanley

    Hello, I am a security officer for Camping World and many other commercial sites downtown. I need low income housing near my work and would love any info you can send me on applying for one of these apartment units. Thank you so much for any help you can give me.

  6. Shakerra roberson

    Hello me and my children homeless were living in hotels and I’m interested in your apartments

  7. Linda Darlene Hogan

    My name is Linda Hogan I filled out a paper on January and was give a appointment for Nov 2018 and I said to Me Brown that seem far off and been sent appointment cards in now I see there know apartment available.


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