This afternoon, I joined several of my colleagues from City Council to sign legislation (2020-0024) that will have a tremendous impact on the families that live at the former Eureka Gardens (now Valencia Way) and other properties.
This bill signing is very personal for me. I vividly remember meeting with families, touring homes, and seeing the deplorable conditions first-hand in Fall 2015. Conditions that arose from years of greed and neglect. No citizen in our city should be forced to live like that.
Because of the collaborative efforts of dedicated citizens in the tenant’s association, City Council members, and members of my administration, we were able to enforce rules and leverage Federal resources to take action and find new property owners in Millenia.
The work that Millenia has done at Valencia Way, Calloway Cove, the Weldon, and Palmetto Glen has been transformative for their residents. This legislation will help enhance those efforts, providing tax rebates that can be invested in further improvements to those properties.
Again, I want to thank my colleagues on City Council for their partnership in this important legislation. We’ve come a long way on this, but we have more to do. I am confident that together we will make things better for our citizens.