Clearwater hotels renovated to become ‘worker housing’

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Property management officials say the price is designed to suit people in the area without breaking the bank.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A developer has renovated two old hotels off Ulmerton Road in Clearwater and turned them into apartments.

“A renovated kitchen, new paint, new flooring”, Mariana Robina, a representative of Pelican Lake Apartmentssaid describing the renovations.

The apartments were once two extended-stay hotels, but are now a 183-unit apartment complex ranging in size from 360 square feet to 824 square feet.

Property management officials say the price is designed to suit people in the area without breaking the bank.

“From $1,200 to $1,700 we have studios, T1s and T2s,” Robina said. “All apartments have a full kitchen, even the studios.”

Pelican Lake executives say the deal was 20 months in the works, but developers turned the hotels into refurbished apartments in just about three months, a process they say should keep prices below new ones properties that appear in the region.

“Our rents will be $400 to $500 lower than brand new construction,” said Humberto Cubillos, a Pelican Lake representative.

Cubillos says they are also looking to place a bodega or deli-style retail space on the property.

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