J.L. Wallace of Fort Myers was awarded a contract by Florida Non-Profit Services to construct the first phase of Esperanza Place Apartments, an affordable-housing development for farm workers in Immokalee.

The project, financed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Florida Housing Finance Corp., will include three two-story multi-family buildings and all associated site work. When complete, the development will offer housing for 47 families. The apartments range in size from almost 800 sq ft for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit to approximately 1,350 sq ft for a three-bedroom, two-bath unit. Two-bedroom, two-bath units are also available.

Construction was expected to begin by late August, with an estimated completion date of May 2010.

Architectural design services were provided by Slocum Platts.