A 1967 building in Fort Myers evolved from eyesore foreclosure to proud highlight in the community. Now pursuing a certification on sustainability due to its green rehabilitation, it included solar water heaters, high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, low volume plumbing fixtures, high performance windows, energy star fixtures, and insulations that exceed building code requirements.
Modern for its time, the building from 1967 is once again leading the way in affordable housing.
As a result of the green rehabilitation efforts, Broadway Apartments is currently pursuing LEED Platinum Certification.
By living in the first LEED Platinum affordable housing development in Lee County, 40 families will have something to talk about regarding their water heating bill. The residents, with earnings below 50% of the area median income, will be able to save on utilities, which will directly contribute to their quality of life.
HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds given to Lee County were the first step. Then the County developed a contract with the nonprofit developer Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation Inc. and its partners for the $3.6 million dollar project. Along the way, more than 30 construction jobs were created for workers in the community.