The Colony: New Owner Plans Affordable Senior Housing

Elul LLC of Hallandale, Florida wants to turn the property from eyesore to "wonderful...senior residence," a company account manager told Patch.

The new owner of The Colony Apartment complex wants to turn the property into housing for people ages 55 and up, complete with amenities.

Elul LLC plans to "make it a wonderful, European, senior residence for 55 and up," said Sharon Cohen, account manager with the company in Hallandale, Florida.

"The look is going to change," Cohen said. A golf course, greenery, amenities and renovated town homes are in the works, she said, but there are no details just yet on things such as number of housing units or price ("It's going to be affordable," Cohen said.)

She also said there will be security, both during the renovations and when the work is complete. "I know how important it is to have a secure place, and that it's being watched," she said. "It's going to be a very safe place."

Tell us: What do you think of Elul's vision for The Colony? Tell us in the comments section below.

The site is undergoing engineering work and renovations are expected to begin before year's end.

When told of Elul's plans, Jan Dunaway, longtime local resident and member of the community group Pride Rings in Stone Mountain (PRISM) said, "It's a wait and see. I would not have an issue if it really is good senior housing."

"It's time to move forward in getting that cleaned up finally," she said.

The Colony was shuttered in August 2011. It had been a crime scene, and since its closing, a number of fires have taken place there. The crime, dilapidated units, blazes and easy accessibility from the street had been a concern of nearby residents for years.

There is now a fence surrounding the property as Elul does its work.

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CookieBanks October 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
ITA @Marguerite you hit the nail on the head!!! This sounds like a wonderful idea glad to know their plans for the property.Now if we could get the good folks at Costco warehouse to come on this side of town I'd be a happy camper not to mention get Whole Foods and/or Trader Joe's. Then I would not have to travel so far to other communities it could all be right here.
Wendy Martin October 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Affortable with a golf course??????? Go figure!!! Just how affortable?????
Deonte' October 25, 2012 at 03:00 AM
People over 55 golf? I like the fact that the property will finally get some renovations. Hopefully, it's nice like the senior facility off West Park Place behind the old Super Target.
Jeff S. October 25, 2012 at 11:51 PM
If you want to really know go to county and look at approved plans and what they permits are for. I have been working ther and no golf course or 55 what i was told. we are doing basic remodels. go see plans and look at this with permit. Elul construction hires all of us and pays us to do work.
Jeff S. October 31, 2012 at 01:24 AM
We update, Jacob getting new GC work with Elul. There is no golf course no senior living. We are basic renovations with existing buildings. I work here this story about new golf and seniors is not true. Call planning at county and you can see this.


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