We joined our Atlanta-based housing partner, Columbia Residential, to host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday at Pendana at West Lakes which began with a marching in and performance by the Jones High School Marching Band. The event was attended by more than 80 people including West Lakes residents, elected officials, project partners and community leaders officially opening the 200-unit, $40M mixed-income development that reached full occupancy in August.
“This day is truly a dream come true for our community,” said Eddy Moratin, our Executive Director. “The completion of construction and full occupancy of Pendana at West Lakes is a big milestone in our shared effort to strengthen the Communities of West Lakes,” continued Moratin.
Pendana at West Lakes is located at 2023 Orange Center Boulevard, which is the former site of the Washington Shores Apartments. The development features high quality and beautifully appointed 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartment residences in several configurations including flats and townhomes spread across 12 buildings. Every residence features grand 8-foot entrances leading into living and bedroom spaces with soaring 9-foot ceilings in addition to 42-inch cabinets in the kitchens and ceiling fans in every room. Pendana at West Lakes was built to the National Green Building Standards that includes incorporating lower energy use through LED light fixtures and efficient HVAC systems. Also, all residences across the development utilize water sense certified plumbing fixtures for efficient use of water and the majority of materials used to build the development were sourced within a 500-mile radius ensuring a reduced environmental footprint.
“Columbia Residential is thrilled to open Pendana at West Lakes, which helps meet a growing affordable housing need in Orlando and assists with revitalization of this strong and historic neighborhood,” said Noel Khalil, Founder and Principal of Columbia Residential. “Together with our partners at LIFT Orlando, we have created a truly special place that all residents will be proud to call home. We’re committed to providing a place where all can live well and live affordably, and we look forward to watching this community grow with the opening of Pendana at West Lakes Senior Residences in late 2019.”
“This is a magnificent day for West Lakes and the many wonderful long time residents in our community,” said Mrs. Shirley Bradley, West Lakes Partnership Board Member. “Pendana at West Lakes is just beautiful and I am grateful that it is a centerpiece development in our community and now home to both former, current and new residents,” continued Bradley.
The grand opening of Pendana at West Lakes falls on the heels of the October 17th groundbreaking event for the adjacent Pendana at West Lakes Senior Residences attended by more than 120 people. The development located at 2205 Orange Center Boulevard will offer 120 all-affordable 1-, and 2-bedroom senior apartment residences in an expansive three-story building and is slated for completion at the end of 2019.