Tropical Manor apartment complex in Merritt Island, FL

Earlier this year, a partnership comprised of The Bolour Movement, a privately-owned affordable housing acquisition and development company based in Los Angeles, and the Atlanta-based Triumph Management Group revealed a $5.1-million acquisition of the Tropical Manor apartment complex in Merritt Island, FL. recently chatted with Shawn Bolour, principal of the firm, on the state of affordable housing in the Orlando area and in the state of Florida, as well as the unique set of circumstances that were just right on this particular deal.

The 85-unit, Project-Based Section 8 affordable housing complex at 1165 Jordan Rd. is situated on an eight-acre site in the heart of Merritt Island. As part of the renovation plan, the complex will be renamed Coral Chase Apartments. According to Bolour, the partnership will create a secure and appealing living environment for current and new tenants at Coral Chase by investing approximately $2 million in upgrades. It has engaged Atlanta Financial Group to execute the rehabilitation and they will oversee extensive interior and exterior renovations, including new roofing and plumbing systems.

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