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Lotus Village to break ground on $25M facility in Overtown

New facility will double the number of beds the shelter provides
Renderings of Lotus Village and Constance Collins

Renderings of Lotus Village and Constance Collins

Lotus House will break ground on its $25 million facility in Overtown on Friday. 

Named Lotus Village, the modern, five-story complex will replace an aging, makeshift shelter for women, youth and children. Constance Collins, executive director of the shelter, has secured a $19 million construction loan for the project, but is also expected to announce a major corporate donation on Friday. A spokesperson for the shelter declined to disclose more information on the gift.

City commissioners in June approved the much-anticipated expansion after a contentious zoning hearing earlier this year.

The facility, at 217 Northwest 15th Street, will feature courtyards, fountains, community rooms, training centers, and a fully equipped wellness center. It currently houses about 250 homeless people, with the expansion providing 500 beds.

Plans call for 120,000 square feet with 140 living units; a computer library; yoga, exercise and meditation room; an art and activities lab; a children’s wellness center; a trauma-focused daycare; full health clinic with women’s wellness and pediatrics; a dining pavilion; beauty salon; vegetable garden; teaching kitchen and more.

Collins, who has a background in commercial real estate, plans to pay the construction loan back to art collector and developer Martin Margulies with private donations. – Katherine Kallergis