By Will Hobson, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
LARGO — In 1999, the Pinellas County Housing Authority decided to move its headquarters from downtown Clearwater to Greenhouse Shoppes, a mostly vacant Ulmerton Road shopping center the authority bought for $1.85 million.
Nearly 13 years later, the housing authority is still there, but the rest of the strip mall is now entirely vacant. But not for long.
Workers will demolish the old, drab shopping center, except for the housing authority’s office, and Greenhouse Shoppes will become Pinellas Heights, a 153-unit affordable apartment complex for lower-income senior citizens.
“Affordable housing is what we do best,” said Debra Johnson, the authority’s executive director. “This is land that we owned, and we think this is the highest and best use of the property.”
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