Housing the ex-housing chief

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Who knew running a small public housing agency could be so lucrative?

Probably not the FBI, which raided the offices of the Sanford Housing Authority last week, seizing documents and computers by the truckload. Their target was Timothy D. Hudson, the agency's outgoing executive director, who is being investigated for mismanaging hundreds of thousands of public dollars.

There's no doubt Hudson, who owns several residential properties, is a wealthy man. How wealthy? Look at the huge home he's building in DeBary, a bedroom community northeast of Sanford.

The five-bedroom home, which sits at the end of a cul-de-sac in the development of Summerhaven, is a 4,454-square-foot wonder. (The average large Orlando home is 3,000 square feet.)

The home includes a family room, dining room, living room, play room, walk-in pantry, butler's pantry, 10- and 12-foot ceilings, a pool bath, a tiled foyer, three-car garage and a covered lanai.

Plans call for the master bathroom to contain two sinks separated by a room containing a bidet, a bathroom furnishing found more often in Europe than in Central Florida. Two decorative columns will stand guard over a Roman-styled tub.

Hudson, who made a hefty $81,800 to manage 480 apartments, listed the house's cost at $90,000 in the paperwork he submitted to the Volusia County Planning Department. But a residential contractor told the Weekly that the house will cost closer to $356,000 to build based on an $80-per-foot estimate.

Hudson wrote that the home had no lender, no surety and was self-contracted.

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