Disney’s Affordable Housing Plan Moves Forward After Narrowly Clearing Hurdle

A plan for affordable housing near Disney and West Horizon moved forward after narrowly clearing a hurdle this week. This came as neighbors voiced opposition to the project coming to the area. The proposal is for 1,400 units of mixed-income. Over 1,000 of them would be reserved as affordable.

Some of the concerns from neighbors involve traffic, schools, and how it will impact daily life to have more affordable housing in the area. Scott Widerman with Widerman Malek represents a lot of low-income housing authorities and said, “It really doesn’t translate to traffic issues. It doesn’t translate into schools or prices being changed.” He added that it could actually help address the growing housing crises. “I know of no housing authority in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole counties that does not have at least a 4 to 500 family waiting list,” he said.

Wilderman did acknowledge that these affordable housing projects can cause issues. He added that they typically work out well though, especially when placed near schools or businesses. “These are folks that are working hard. They need some help at this point. They’re in low-income housing for getting that leg up, and then most of the time, they work themselves out of it,” he continued.

Disney shared that they are open to conversations with the community. Disney released the following statement:

“Community leaders have identified affordable housing as one of the biggest needs in our region, and our plan can contribute to the solution. We are working very thoughtfully alongside a prominent developer to create a place that strengthens the surrounding area while making a real difference in people’s lives for years to come.”

Disney’s proposal will go before the Orange County Commissioners next. Next month the Orange County Commissioners will decide if they should recommend the proposal to the state, who will end up having final say.

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