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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Presbyterian Towers Building (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Retirement, Places of -- Florida -- St. Petersburg; Local and Regional History Provenance


Nigel J. Watson, longtime real estate agent and activist, moved into the Presbyterian Towers in 2004. Located at 430 Bay Street NE in downtown St. Petersburg, this facility has offered senior residential living since opening in 1968. In the early 1960s, Southwest Florida Presbyterians sought solutions to the problem of people (mostly retirees) who had difficulty locating affordable housing. With loan assistance from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, local Presbyteries began to build facilities. As of summer 2008, the Presbyterian Homes and Housing Foundation of Florida, Inc., operated Presbyterian Towers with sponsorship by the Tampa Bay and Peace River Presbyteries. This organization provides over 3,100 units at twelve sites, eleven of which offer residency exclusively to those over the age of sixty-two. The collection represents Nigel Watson’s files from his involvement with the Presbyterian Towers Resident Association, an organization of tenants at the facility.



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