Renovations to Cottondale Village Apartments complete

The completion of the $5 million renovations of Cottondale Village Apartments, a housing complex in Marianna for low-income families, was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.

The apartment’s manager, Royal American Development, received funding and aid through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, USDA Rural Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was a part of all the entities commitment to provide safe, affordable housing to low-income families, said Kim Murphy, the Vice President of Royal American Development.

The first 50 units of the apartments were constructed in 1978 with the final 32 units built in 1982. Because of the age of the buildings and natural wear and tear, the time had come for some improvements to be made on the apartments, said Murphy. She also said that like much of Florida, there was no need to build new units, only update the existing ones.

Murphy said t t took about two years for the applications to be approved and the construction to be completed. Crews renovated the apartments one building at a time, with the displaced residents temporarily moving into a building set aside for them.

The apartments have all-new roofs, floors, kitchen cabinets and countertops. Besides the aesthetic changes, a number of energy efficient features were added to the homes. The attics and walls were insulated. Energy Star windows, appliances and ceiling fans were installed , along with programmable thermostats, heating and air conditioning units and water efficient toilets, faucets and showerheads.

For the community, a covered pavilion, volleyball court and playground were built where families and friends could get together and grill. A library and computer lab were additional features the rehabilitation brought to the complex.

Cottondale Village houses about 170 people in 82 apartments. This year, the complex was named Florida’s USDA Multi Family Housing Complex of the Year. Its manager, Anna Arrington, was also recognized as manager of the year.

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