The Hartford Update 03/07/24

SPHA Collaborating with Blue Sky Communities on New Affordable Housing Development



The St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA) is collaborating with Tampa Bay Area-based affordable housing developer Blue Sky Communities on a new affordable housing residential community. Situated at Hartford Street North and 32nd Avenue North, near the 34th Street corridor, the new project signifies a significant step forward in meeting the growing demand for affordable housing in St. Petersburg.


The Hartford site is 1.35-acre in size. On February 15th, the St. Petersburg City Council approved rezoning for the parcel which will allow higher-density housing to be built. Around 95 new units are expected to be built. The new development is poised to feature a combination of family and senior apartments, complemented by an outdoor recreational space for activities like pickleball and shuffleboard. The new buildings will be constructed on land already owned by SPHA.


The project will also encompass renovating the existing SPHA property Saratoga Apartments, which is located nearby on 3475 32nd Avenue North in St. Petersburg. Saratoga Apartments is an affordable family development, consisting of 34 one and two-bedroom units in two two-story residential apartment buildings.


This new development is part of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority's ongoing effort to increase the number of affordable housing units in the city.


"We are very excited to reach this milestone and begin working with the St. Petersburg Housing Authority," said Blue Sky Communities Partner Scott Macdonald. "The need for this housing in St. Petersburg is enormous."


"The St. Petersburg Housing Authority is delighted and energized to embark on this development with Blue Sky Communities," said SPHA President/CEO Michael Lundy. "This project aligns seamlessly with our commitment to addressing the pressing need for housing in St. Petersburg."


"We could not be more thrilled to pursue this development opportunity as the latest step in fulfilling our mission to provide safe, affordable housing to the residents of St. Petersburg, especially in a time of such great need," said SPHA Board Chairman James Dates. "Our board will always lend our support in this critical effort."


SPHA is the leading affordable housing provider in the city of St. Petersburg, serving more than 4,000 low-income households. SPHA's mission is to provide safe, sanitary, accessible, decent, and affordable housing to eligible citizens of the city of St. Petersburg, while enhancing and promoting resident self-sufficiency.

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