New development brings affordable housing to Maryvale


A new community development of multi-family housing and senior residences is expected to provide more affordable housing options in Maryvale.

Passed by Phoenix City Council on April 7, the project on a 27-acre lot at the northeast corner of 79th Avenue and Encanto Boulevard is being developed by Dominium Inc. The land was previously vacant and underutilized, according to the city.

The development will help fill the city’s huge deficit in affordable housing. Phoenix currently needs 99,581 subsidized housing units, including 9,000 for seniors living in the city, according to Angie Holdsworth, spokesperson for the city’s planning and development department.

“The proposed development supports the Housing Phoenix Plan’s goal of preserving or creating 50,000 housing units by 2030 by contributing to a variety of housing types that will address the supply shortage at a faster rate while using vacant land in a more sustainable manner, ”Ms. Holdsworth said. “[It] provides affordable housing for families and seniors and supports the goal of providing more housing by 2030.

The development will bring 576 units to its multi-family community, comprising 204 independent and age-restricted senior residences and 372 multi-family residential units south of Phoenix. Vouchers from local housing authorities will be accepted to accommodate different levels of affordability.

In addition to amenities like a swimming pool and clubhouse, the community will also be built with pedestrians in mind.

Footpaths will cross the site with multiple lanes providing easy access to public streets and nearby entertainment centers such as the Ak-Chin Pavilion and the Desert Sky Mall. It will also be located near a future light rail extension. Bike lanes and sidewalks will be added along 79th Avenue with trees planted on both sides of the sidewalks to achieve 75% shade and increase pedestrian comfort, according to the developer’s plan.

Developer Dominium, a national affordable housing company, has been working in the valley for a decade. The Minnesota-based company made Phoenix its headquarters in Mountain West, with a third of its development staff moving to the area.

Although this is Dominium’s only ongoing project at Maryvale, he is working on developments at Buckeye, Surprise and Goodyear.

“We have been operating in the valley for about a decade and have seen a growing need, which is increasing day by day, for a significant production of affordable housing,” said Owen Metz, vice president and project partner at Dominium. “We have been in business for almost 50 years and hope that the next 50 years will include the Valley. “

Mr Metz said the Maryvale site was chosen for a number of reasons including its existing infrastructure and strong community with its own workforce.

“We always prefer to build new workforce and affordable senior housing in areas where there is a strong community, which includes many existing amenities and infrastructure,” he said. “We’re looking for larger sites that can accommodate multigenerational development – in this case family and workforce-focused development alongside an apartment community 55+ – each with their own amenities. “

Mr Metz said Dominium has worked closely with the city to meet the needs of the community with this new site, with an emphasis on pedestrians, shade and lighting – a necessity for parts of the south of Phoenix.

“City and village staff and neighbors told us that the pedestrian experience along Encanto and the 79th needs to be improved, and that shade trees, lighting and dense landscaping improve. really the pedestrian and bicycle experience for our future residents and the neighborhood, ”he said.

South Phoenix will continue to experience increased development, thanks to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway and the upcoming light rail extension in the region. The city sees this region as a place with endless employment opportunities, especially in the construction industry, as Phoenix struggles to keep up with construction demands.

“South Phoenix is ​​seeing increased interest in development due to the South Mountain Highway 202 Loop and Light Rail Extension,” said Eric J. Toll, Department of Economic Development spokesperson. and community. “We strive to promote employment opportunities for construction careers in this field in order to meet the demand of builders. The city is looking for ways to improve development opportunities in western Phoenix and will work there in the coming fiscal year.


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