There are 26 shuttered buildings at the 1740, 1742, and 1770 Mercy Drive addresses which are currently cut off to public access by a chain-link fence that skirts the perimeter. Bordered on the east by Mercy Drive, and Lake to the west, and a charter school to the north, and a small church to the south, the land has been identified as an ideal space for residential redevelopment.
The proposed Mercy Project redevelopment is aiming to build 166 affordable housing units and a community center on the land, marketed to residents who make less than 60 percent of the area’s median income. Ability Housing will account for at least 50 percent of the housing, according to filed paperwork, to operate as permanent supportive housing for homeless families and individuals.
The property, once owned by the City of Orlando and then sold to Ability Housing (Website) earlier this year, is already zoned residential and was previously used to host a multi-family development.