The Royal Palm Gardens Apartment complex is helping to revitalize the neighborhood, as the multi-family residential low-income housing property has suffered from years of neglect.
The Royal Palm Gardens Apartments renovation transformed the Jones Walker affordable housing community located at 2209 Blount Street, which was originally constructed in 1970. The community, located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. redevelopment area, 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. Renovation work included 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 units received new flooring, counter tops and cabinets, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, ceiling fans and fixtures throughout. 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. It was completed in December 2020.