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Posted September 6, 2017 | 3:25 PM

Two-dozen Affordable New Homes Coming to East Tampa

Gardens at Diana Point slated to open in summer 2018

Hillsborough County is bolstering its supply of affordable rental housing with the addition of 24 new townhomes in East Tampa.

Leaders broke ground Aug. 31 on Gardens at Diana Point, a complex for low- and moderate-income families that gives priority to military veterans and first responders. Construction will begin right away on 8 acres immediately north of the Lucy Dell neighborhood.

The townhomes, developed by the nonprofit Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa Inc., are scheduled to be completed and occupied in summer 2018.

Affordable Housing Services is providing $3.5 million of state and federal funding for the project. The investment supports the County's mission to provide reasonably priced housing for residents who otherwise might not be able to pay for it.

Each of the residences at 4410 E. Diana St. will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a single-car garage. Four of them are equipped for people with disabilities. The complex will have energy-saving features and drought-tolerant landscaping.

The site is near schools, grocery stores and pharmacies, a hospital, bus routes, and a community center. The County is creating a park just east of the property, with a pond, trail, boardwalk, and exercise equipment.

CDC of Tampa eventually hopes to develop 24 more townhouses at Gardens at Diana Point.

Herbert Kinsey, president of the Lucy Dell Community Association and an area resident for 52 years, is convinced Gardens at Diana Point will be "an asset to our community." He looks forward to sharing the new park with the complex's future residents. "It'll be a beautiful place to fish and enjoy yourself," he says.

Affordable Housing Services aims to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income County residents. It allocates state and federal money to buy land, build housing, refurbish existing structures, arrange financing, and make emergency repairs, as well as support programs such as Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries.

Photo information: Rendering of Garden at Diana Point, provided by BDG Architects