Ground broken for groundbreaking LGBT development

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The city's first LGBT-friendly senior housing development will soon open in the Bronx.

The developer broke ground on the Crotona Senior Housing facility in Tremont with rainbow flag-inspired shovels.

Mari Spivey says she plans to apply to the 84-unit complex.

"I'm a lesbian," she says. "Safety is a big concern for me, especially as I get older."

Spivey says getting an apartment there would offer her unique comforts.

"That sense of community and belonging, I don't want to go back in the closet," she says. "I want to be out and about in the Bronx."

Sage USA, Help USA, Regions Affordable Housing and the borough president's office all played a role in bringing the $41 million project to fruition.

To get in, prospective tenants must be 62 years or older and make 60 percent or less of the area's median income. Twenty-six units will be set aside to house homeless individuals.

Construction is expected to end in fall 2019. Applications will be accepted immediately after.

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