2019 – Jozette V. Chack-On, a partner at Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A. (“Saxon|Gilmore”), attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Venice Housing Authority’s Venetian Walk II project The 52-unit housing project will consist of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. There will also be a “tot lot” playground and a community center.
The first phase of the revitalization plan began in 2014 with the opening of the Venetian Walk, senior apartment building. It remains fully occupied at this time.
Venetian Walk II was made possible through the development partners, Norstar Development, Sarasota County, and the City of Sarasota, through Development Block Grant monies, State Housing Initiatives Partnership (“SHIP”) funds, and HOME Investment Partnership Program (“HOME”) funds. Saxon|Gilmore served as legal counsel for the project.
The ceremony began with introductions by Kathy Lehner of the Venice Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Guest speakers included John Holic, Mayor of the City of Venice; Jen Ahearn-Koch, Vice Mayor of the City of Sarasota; Brian Evjen, Vice President of Development, Norstar Development USA, L.P; Chet Shedloski, JP Morgan Chase Bank; and Aundria Castleberry, Chair, Venice Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Ms. Chack-On concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, public and affordable housing, mixed finance real estate transactions, and infrastructure project development. She has been instrumental in structuring, negotiating, and documenting a broad range of complex transactions for our corporate and public housing authority clients.
Saxon|Gilmore serves as general counsel to numerous housing authorities throughout Florida and acts in a consulting capacity on special projects to housing agencies throughout the country. Saxon|Gilmore has developed specialized expertise in matters regarding public finance and in the representation of housing authorities and related institutions. We have extensive experience with mixed finance projects, including bonds, tax credits, and other government funding.