Seminary Lane Apartments to be Torn Down
Carla Roberson has already put up her Christmas tree and wrapped presents. Her two daughters are excited for their fourth holiday in Seminary Lane. .
But this will be their last Christmas here. The Florida Housing Authority plans on tearing down the complex, and tenants have to find somewhere else to live.
"I love living here so it kind of concerns me," Carla Roberson said.
Many tenants, who receive financial assistance through HUD, say they're hoping state officials would change their minds... because they don't know where they'll go. They'd rather fix their apartments than leave.
"Its very scary because I've been on my own for almost five years and I really don't know where I'm going to stay," Shakita Gainey, resident, said.
But Housing Authority officials say Seminary Lane cannot be saved. Many units, which are over 40 years old, are condemned.
Residents say the problems are fixable and can't understand why the Housing Authority would move an apartment community , when many other complexes in Gainesville can't meet full occupancy.
"There isn't enough people living in the complexes you've already got, so why are you going to tear down something that's already occupied," Genora Dennis, resident, said.
Many tenants went to a Housing Authority meeting tonight to get answers.
And here's what they found out: The apartments will definitely be torn down, and not just because of the structural problems, but also because the complex is $40,000 in debt.
But, the property will be rebuilt.
And until the complexes are rebuilt, residents who qualify for housing vouchers can use those vouchers and move into other apartments.
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