October 2020
Riviera Beach Housing Authority
This is Where We're Headed:
Second Phase of Heron Estates

Heron Estates Senior was completed in September 2019.
Construction on Heron Estates Family has just begun.
The two developments replace the Ivey-Green public housing complex, which was constructed in 1976 and demolished between 2005 and 2008
because of hurricane damage. There are more plans coming.

This is the first new affordable housing constructed in Riviera Beach in more than 40 years. Well, since Heron Estates Senior.

And We're Excited!
We Are In the News. Again!
Heron Estates, that is, both the completed Heron Estates Senior development and the just-launched construction on Heron Estates Family. The article was on the Florida 'Bits & Pieces' page of the SERCulator magazine, which is a publication of the Southeastern Regional Council (SERC) of NAHRO, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. SERC represents chapters in 10 states, including Florida. "It was a good, short synopsis of the project, what we accomplished and what we're working on," said Executive Director John W. Hurt. There were other articles on the page, including those related to housing authorities in Seminole County, in New Smyrna Beach--and in Palm Beach County: longtime West Palm Beach Housing Authority Director Laurel Robinson's retirement in August. To see the 32-page publication--and read page 9--click here. The document is also mailed to more than 700 locations across the SERC-NAHRO region.
Closing the Deal on Heron Estates Family
On September 25, the documents were signed and, thanks to the pandemic, scanned and forwarded to the legal team. The deal is complete: Heron Estates Family is now ready for launch! The 79-unit, townhouse-style, workforce housing development will be on the same 15-acre site as Heron Estates Family, the 101-unit, three-story tower for senior citizens. That construction was completed in September, while construction on Heron Estates Family has just begun. Our co-development partner Housing Trust Group did a fine job the first time and we fully expect the same, especially because there will be more local subcontractors on the project. Besides Executive Director John W. Hurt, the other document signers were Chairman Jeffery B. Jackson and Commissioner Horace L. Towns.
He Knows Each Resident by Name
Ever since that day in January when Heron Estates Senior opened, Anthony Poland has been the Property Manager. Well, he actually started a few months before that, based at our off-site offices, helping to get seniors approved for the newly built units. Now, every week, Heron Estates Senior partners with Feeding South Florida to provide free meats, vegetables and fruits to the 75 residents who've signed up. So, every Thursday, Mr. Poland helps unload dozens of boxes and bags filled with food, separates them, packages them, then delivers them, door to door, on each of the three floors, to the registered residents. He is helped each week by his girlfriend, Antonia, and their daughter, Nia, age one. He knows all the residents by name. "This is important," said Mr. Poland, who also moved to PBC from Miami when he accepted the new job with his still-current employer, "and I wouldn't stop doing it for anything."
For Heron Estates Senior Residents:
News, Events and Useful Information from the City of Riviera Beach
Soul Line Dancing for Seniors Every Tuesday

From 11 a.m. to 12 noon every Tuesday, those residents aged 55 and over can take a Soul Line Dancing Class virtually! The classes will teach dance, of course, but will also provide exercise, build endurance and strengthen and tone muscles--all while having fun and dancing to R&B and Jazz music. The virtual classes can be accessed here, with the meeting ID and password listed on the flyer. Can't see it? View it here.

Also For Seniors:
Virtual Bingo!

And, same time, different day--11 a.m. to 12 noon every Thursday--play Bingo virtually! For Seniors only, though, again, thanks to the Riviera Beach Department of Parks & Recreation, which is the main organizer. The virtual event can be accessed here, then add the meeting ID and password listed on the flyer, which can also be seen here. For help or more information on both events, call 561-840-3170 or Parks & Recreation at 561-845-4070.

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