Media Advisory: Sept. 1 Grand Opening Ceremony at Revitalized Public Housing to Draw City, State, Federal Officials

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Sarasota Housing Authority transforms Janie Poe neighborhood: Ribbon-cutting at Janie’s Garden to mark first phase of Newtown’s revitalization.

The event is open to all members of the working press. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Nicole Brown at (941) 361-6210, ext. 221 or nbrown(at)sarasotahousing(dot)org.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
10:00 a.m.

Janie’s Garden Apartment Community
2350 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34234

Invited speakers include:

  • Congressman Vern Buchanan
  • The Honorable Richard Clapp, Mayor of Sarasota
  • The Honorable Darryl Rouson, Representative District 55
  • Justin Ormsby, Former HUD Receiver and Director, HUD Fort Worth Office of Public Housing
  • William Russell, Executive Director, Sarasota Housing Authority
  • Milton R. Pratt, Jr., Senior Vice President, Michaels Development Company
  • Booker Poe, grandson of Janie Poe

City, county, state, and federal officials will join the Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) and Michaels Development Company to celebrate the first milestone in the transformation of one of Sarasota’s most important and historic neighborhoods – Janie’s Garden Phase I. Completed a full year ahead of schedule, this newly constructed, vibrant community is part of SHA’s $150 million Newtown Redevelopment Program, which replaces poorly built and obsolete public housing. The new Janie’s Garden I offers the best in family housing with 86 mixed-income apartments and a community center, where an array of supportive services will be offered to residents through Interstate Management Realty, a sister company to Michaels Development. Tours of the community and a model unit will be offered following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

About the Sarasota Housing Authority: The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) was established as a public housing authority in 1938 under Florida statute to administer federal housing assistance for low, very low and extremely low-income families. Presently SHA provides subsidized housing for over 1,200 low-income families in Sarasota, FL. SHA administers 436 Public Housing apartments, 75 units of Section 8 New Construction, and 815 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. SHA administers an annual budget of over $10 million with a staff of 25.

About the Michaels Development Company: Headquartered in Marlton, NJ, The Michaels Development Company is part of The Michaels Organization, a family of companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, and military housing. Since housing pioneer Michaels J. Levitt founded Michaels Development in 1973, the company has developed, financing, or acquired more than 40,000 apartments in 27 states and the Virgin Islands. Its sister company, the award-winning Interstate Realty Management, currently manages more than 33,000 apartment across the country.


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