Central Court Apartments are about to get a $2.5 million renovation, almost nine months after 16-year-old Javon Neal was killed during a confrontation with Tampa police officers in an apartment stairwell.
City Councilman Frank Reddick, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Michael Molinari, vice president of development for Southport Financial Services, made the announcement Wednesday morning at a news conference in the courtyard of the privately-owned complex.
Funding is from the Florida Housing Finance Corp. Construction is expected to begin in April and should take a year or more to complete. Six units at a time will be renovated, with tenants moved to vacant units while the work is under way.
“You will see a complete transformation for this complex,” said Reddick, who has met with the complex’s owners and management for months about the project. “It’s going to be beautiful. This is going to help Tampa Heights and surrounding communities.”
The units will have new cabinets, appliances and ceramic tile. More security cameras will be installed. There also will be new landscaping and playground equipment. Tenants also will get something they’ve never had: dishwashers.
On July 22, two Tampa police officers were called to the complex to investigate reported gunshots. Police said Neal, who matched a description given in the 911 call, ran up an outside staircase and aimed a pump-action shotgun at them. Neal was shot and died at the scene.