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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION Sarasota Vice Mayor Willie Shaw (fourth from left) and Mayor Suzanne Atwell (fifth from left) are joined by representatives of the Sarasota Housing Authority, the Sarasota Housing Funding Corp. and Tandem Construction for the ribbon cutting at the King Stone Townhomes in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT DRAWS ELECTED OFFICIALS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor More than 100 Newtown residents, community leaders and elected officials gathered Wednesday, Jan. 23, to unveil a new 28-unit affordable housing complex, King Stone Townhomes, bringing to a close a phase of intense redevelopment sparked by a stimulus grant. Funding Corp., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with the Authority. Dozens of neighbors, as well as employees of the companies who helped design and build the project, mingled in the King Stone parking lot Wednesday, snacking on barbeKing Stone sits right on Martin Luther King Jr. cue and touring some of the units. Sarasota Way, just east of Orange Avenue, and replaces Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Vice Mayor Willie the blighted MediterraShaw were on hand, as nean apartment comwere County Commisplex. The cream-colThis is a far cry from the Housing sioners Carolyn Maored, two-story son, Joe Barbetta and construction is a joint Authority I grew up with. Charles Hines. Former project of the Sarasota Carolyn Mason Chairwoman Sarasota Vice Mayor Housing Authority and County Commission the Sarasota Housing Danny Bilyeu also at-

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