FORT LAUDERDALE (June 2017)The Housing Authority of the City of Fort. Lauderdale (HACFL) and Atlantic | Pacific Communities (A|P Communities) hosted the grand opening of the fifth phase of the Northwest Gardens Sustainable Neighborhood and rededication of Dr. William H. Lindsey Apartments to a packed house. On hand to celebrate were Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Dean J. Trantalis, and Robert L. McKinzie, Housing Authority Resident Commissioner, Shirley Carson, Kenneth Naylor, CEO Atlantic/Pacific Communities, Sheryl Woods CEO and President of the YMCA of South Florida, Tam English, Executive Director, HACFL and Scott Strawbridge, Director of Development and Facilities, HACFL. The celebration was not only about the completion of Phase V, but the ribbon cutting marked the successful completion of five phases three years ahead of goal.

The Northwest Gardens Phases II and IV, a 266 unit redevelopment completed in 2014, was re-dedicated as the W.H. Lindsey Apartments in honor of Dr. William H. Lindsey, the great change maker and social justice champion of the Northwest neighborhood. The redevelopment is a leading example of a complex, master plan implementation that transformed one of the most impoverished, drug and crime ridden neighborhoods in the country into a safe, stable, aesthetic, environmentally-friendly, and walk able community.

The $40 million in financing used for the fifth phase of development was provided by Bank of America, N.A.; Barings Real Estate Advisers, LLC; Broward County Housing Finance Authority; Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale.  Since 2008, there has been over $200 million of public and private investment in the 660-unit redevelopment of the neighborhood where 1,500 people now reside.

A|P Communities and HACFL collaborated on this development with the goal of revitalizing the community and implementing a sense of place by creating a sustainable neighborhood that promotes urban self-sufficiency and a healthy, safe, accessible living environment.

“In rebuilding these properties with state of the art amenities, we have provided even more opportunities for residents and their families to have a productive, rewarding life,” explains Tam English, Executive Director of the HACFL.  “Improved housing and vibrant community partnerships have resulted in lower crime, better school test scores and a happier, healthier community.”

Additionally, Northwest Gardens utilized the Step-Up Apprenticeship Program, a state certified apprenticeship program sponsored by HACFL and the Broward School System and Florida Department of Education. HACFL began this program by employing local residents for maintenance jobs on their properties. The program now includes training apprentices in maintenance, painting, light construction, cabinet-making, urban farming, and other entrepreneurial skills.  Employees of the Step-Up Program built and installed all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry for Northwest Gardens residential buildings.  A|P Communities and HACFL also hosted YouthBuild program participants at Northwest Gardens V, providing hands-on construction training.

“I am proud and honored to stand beside these men and women of the Step-Up Program,” says Scott Strawbridge, HACFL Director of Development and Facilities. “The experience has changed my life and the way I see the world.”

In 2012, the Northwest Gardens neighborhood received the first LEED-ND (neighborhood development) pre-certification in the state of Florida, second in the US, and will achieve LEED-ND Gold certification now that it is complete. The neighborhood was also nationally honored in 2012 with a US EPA Smart Growth Award for Equitable Development.

“It has been a great privilege to partner with the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to achieve their vision of sustainable redevelopment, and it has been incredibly gratifying to watch the neighborhood transform,” said Ken Naylor, LEED AP and Chief Operating Officer of A|P Communities.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the Phase V property and the apartments, which consist of one, two and three bedrooms, with energy efficient air-conditioning, fixtures, and appliances.  Members of the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, Artists in Residence and Garden Leader Training will be on hand as tour guides.

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The Housing Authority has been committed to providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1938 and currently manages approximately 95 public housing units, 170 affordable housing units, 945 tax credit units, and administers over 3,100 housing choice vouchers. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers numerous programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for Broward County residents. For additional information about the programs please call Scott Strawbridge, 954-556-4100 X1406.



Atlantic | Pacific Communities is a national affordable housing development company with a staff of professionals dedicated to excellence in affordable housing.  Atlantic | Pacific Communities is an affiliate of Atlantic | Pacific Companies, a fourth generation family-owned and operated real estate company who builds and operates high quality housing to serve every income level.  Atlantic | Pacific Companies employs more than 1,000 people, and conducts business in Florida, Georgia, Texas, California and the Mid-Atlantic.  We have developed over 15,000 units of multifamily rental housing, and currently manage over 32,800 multi-family units and over 500,000 square feet of commercial space in over 138 properties.  Atlantic | Pacific Communities was founded to bridge the gap between real estate development and economic development.  For additional information on Atlantic | Pacific Communities, please visit our website at



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