The Royal Palm Gardens Apartments will be a renovation of the Jones Walker Palm Gardens affordable housing community located at 2209 Blount Street, which was originally constructed in 1970. The community consists of ten two-story, garden-style residential buildings containing 8 one-bedroom, 32 two-bedroom, and 40 three-bedroom units with a leasing office set on 3.71 acres of land.
The scope of the work for this project includes roof and window replacements, HVAC upgrades, accessibility upgrades, landscaping upgrades with new community garden and picnic areas, security system upgrades, upgraded leasing and maintenance offices, the addition of a community room, fitness center and computer lab, common area Wi-Fi, and renovation of residential units. Residential unit upgrades will include new flooring, counter tops and cabinets, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, ceiling fans and fixtures throughout.
As a way to commemorate the original name of the apartments and the rich history behind it Royal Palm Gardens LLP. has chosen to name the community center the Jones Walker Community Center. Throughout the renovations, residents will temporarily be relocated as close to the site to minimize the disruption. Renovations will be done in phases of two-to-three buildings at a time and are expected to end by December 2020.
The goal for this project is to improve the quality and standard of living for the current tenant base, consisting of some of the most marginalized households in the area, and broader community. This project will not only consist of a full renovation of residential units, but it will include the addition of dedicated community space for the residents where enhanced social services support will be provided. Additionally, the project will also create a significant number of jobs during the renovation.
The Royal Palm Gardens Apartments will help in the revitalization of the neighborhood as the multi-family residential low-income housing property has suffered from years of neglect. This renovation is following in the footsteps of recent projects in the area such as the neighboring Royal Palm Exceptional School Center and Dunbar Jupiter Hammond Public Library.
The Royal Palm Gardens Apartments will receive an $800,000 rebate of the taxes generated by the project in yearly installments at a rate of 95% for 15 years.