There may be plenty of jobs in downtown Sarasota, but when it comes to finding affordable, convenient housing for the workforce, there aren't a lot of options.
That's why community stakeholders say the Lofts on Lemon project, consisting of 128 housing units, including 52 aimed at "hometown heroes" like teachers, health care workers and first responders, is so significant.
Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, said the future residents of the community will have their basic human needs of safety and security met.
"For the families that are going to call Lofts on Lemon their home, they're not going to worry about 'where am I going to live, and can I pay next month's rent?'" she said. "That is so important for the stability of the families that will be here ... And just think, their energies are going to be put into their dreams and 'how do I make those happen for me and for my family?'"