St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is calling for the city’s housing authority CEO to be removed. (Spectrum News image)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Petersburg City councilwoman Lisa Wheeler-Bowman is calling for the city’s housing authority CEO to be removed.
Senior home sitting vacant after residents forced to move
Wheeler-Bowman and several other officials spoke passionately Friday morning about Jordan Park and the housing authority’s handling of the relocation of residents while waiting for funding approval of its demolition and the construction of a new building in its place.
She came down hard on St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love in particular, saying he should not have made those residents leave before the project was finalized.
Many of those former residents are now being forced to live in much worse conditions, all while the historicial village sits empty, she says.
Although the Jordan Park complex is slated for demolition, the 31 units sit vacant behind a chain link fence while the housing authority looks for money to build a three story housing complex on the site.
"We have elderly that are sick," Wheeler-Bowman said. "And we are in the middle of a housing crisis."
She added the council has the power to remove Love and should begin that process.
So far, Love has had no response.