Video: Proposal to add affordable housing in Orlando delayed
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Video: Proposal to add affordable housing in Orlando delayed


WE’LL KEEP ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE FIND OUT. ALL NEW AT 5:00, A HEATED DEBATE AT ORLANDO CITY HALL ABOUT NEW HOMES PLANNED NEAR CAMPING WORLD STADIUM HAS BOTH SIDES FIRED UP. KAREN PARKS JOINS US LIVE AND THE ARGUMENT IS ABOUT HOMEOWNER WHO WOULDN’T OWN EVERY PART OF THE HOME. Reporter: GREG, WE ARE HERE RIGHT OF ORANGE CENTER BOULEVARD RIGHT IN BETWEEN SOUTH WHICH ACTUALLY SPLITS THE PROPERTY. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT FIVE ACRES HERE. HERE IS THE ISSUE. YOU CAN OWN A HOME, BUT NOT THE LAND. SO FOR SOME CITY LEADERS, IT IS A WAY TO MAIN ANNE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BUT OPPONENTS SAY IT IS’ TRUE HOMEOWNERSHIP. SOME WOULD SAY IT IS THE AMERICAN DREAM TO OWN A HOME. BUT WHAT IF YOU DON’T OWN THE LAND? HERE ON THIS PROPERTY ALONG ORANGE CENTER BOULEVARD, WEST OF TAMPA AVENUE, THERE WERE MORE THAN 100 APARTMENTS, DETERIORATING BUILDINGS THAT WERE DEMOLISHED EARLY THIS YEAR. AND NOW CITY LEADERS ARE PROPOSING TO BUILD 28 APARTMENTS AND 30 TOWN HOMES. 40 OF THOSE UNITS WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP. THE PLAN FALLS UNDER A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE BUYER TO OWN THE STRUCTURE WHILE THE TRUST OWNS THE LAND. IT IS NO DIFFERENT, QUITE HONESTLY, THAN BUYING A CONDOMINIUM. A PERSON BUYING A HOUSE IN A LAND TRUST WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY FOR THE TAXES ON THE STRUCTURE, BUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T OWN THE LAND, THEY WOULD NOT BE PAYING THE TAXES ON THE LAND. Reporter: THE GOAL IS MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. BUYERS WOULD ACCRUE HOMEOWNERSHIP INSTEAD OF PAYING RENT. WE DON’T NEED A CARETAKER FOR OUR LAND. WE’RE NOT SHARECROPPERS SHARING PROPERTY FOR GOODS. IT REALLY TAKES AWAY TRUE HOMEOWNERSHIP. Reporter: THEY WANT TO SEE MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENCEABLE HOMES, TOWNHOUSING AND HE SAYS WE’RE GETTING BACK TO THE PLACE WHERE THE PEOPLE DON’T OWN THE LAND AND YOU’RE TRYING TO KEEP THE RENTAL UNITS AFFORDABLE AND THAT KIND OF THING. BUT YOU’RE NOT CREATING WEALTH FOR THE PEOPLE. Reporter: NOW, THE VOTE WAS DELAYED UNTIL MAY 13th.

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