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Orlando seeks help demolishing 300 low-income apartments

The Bordeaux Apartments, as well as three other complexes nearby, are being demolished by the city in hopes that new housing will help spur a revitalization of the area.
The Bordeaux Apartments, as well as three other complexes nearby, are being demolished by the city in hopes that new housing will help spur a revitalization of the area. (Jacob Langston / Orlando Sentinel)

The city of Orlando is looking for contractors to bring down four apartment complexes in a low income part of town to hopefully make way for appealing, affordable housing.

The properties, in the Mercy Drive area of West Orlando, are just over 300 apartments: 120 in Lakeview Village, 84 in Bordeaux, 40 in Peppertree Circle and 58 in Peppertree Shores.

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The city bought the complexes in February from Fannie Mae, which had foreclosed on the apartments in 2013 after the owners went bankrupt. The properties were boarded up by Fannie.

The estimated $700,000 demolition project will be funded in whole or in part by a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bids are due July 8 to the City of Orlando Procurement and Contracts Division. Work is planned to begin around Oct. 1, and be complete around April 1, 2016.

The contractor will be tasked with demolishing all structures in their entirety including, but not limited to, footings, concrete floors, driveways, walkways, sidewalks, parking lots, private lift stations, foundations, pedestrian bridges, underground power/water/drain lines and aprons.

Asbestos removal will be required, with a licensed asbestos removal contractor providing a removal plan.

The contractor will remove and dispose of all demolished materials, including asbestos.

The city hopes a developer will buy the properties once they are razed and build housing that will help boost the area.

"It is the city's desire to sell the redevelopment sites to developers interested in developing mixed income affordable housing communities that will complement the surrounding neighborhoods," said Cassandra Anne Lafser, public information officer for the City of Orlando. "The city will seek offers for the redevelopment of the properties."

The city has already sold the nearby 320 units in the Washington Shores Village and Orange Manor properties to LIFT Orlando.

The not-for-profit group spearheaded by Florida Hospital, Florida Citrus Sports and CNL Financial is working to create a mixed-income housing model that will replace the current developments there and revitalize the historic neighborhood.

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