By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A 2.4-acre site near Mesa’s Main Street and Dobson Road, which has sat vacant since 2006, has been proposed for a three-story, 60-unit affordable senior living complex.
Owner/Developer YES Housing, Inc., a Non-Profit Community Development Corporation headquartered in Albuquerque, is leading the effort, and the project will seek low-income housing credits from the state, according to the narrative submitted to the city. The group owns and manages three other affordable properties in the Phoenix area.
Initial plans for the New Frontier Senior Living complex call for 94.8KSF of building area and a 12.8KSF courtyard. Housing for the development’s 55+ residents will be 42 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom units spread over two of the building’s three floors.
The development will have 3,640SF of community services and leasing offices on the ground floor, and a mix of units and accessory spaces wrapped around a parking garage.
Residents will also receive free services and amenities as part of their experience. A resident services coordinator will be on site 40 hours a month. Proposed services include computer training, a food pantry, nutrition classes, transportation for appointments and errands, coordinated activities based on resident preference, and a community garden area with plant boxes for residents.
The building design will be desert contemporary with orientation and shading to maximize the comfort of both interior and outdoor spaces. A podium design provides shaded parking for each unit and also serves as the platform for the second level’s courtyard space. Shading for the courtyard will be provided, in part, by the building and augmented by landscaping.
The exterior balconies and windows of all the units are designed to incorporate desert passive shading and the “brise soleil” style made famous by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Balconies also feature balcony walls in a variety of colors. Additional unique identifying features include prominent masonry elements in the vertical circulation. All the elements in combination are intended to reinforce the building’s relationship with the desert area.
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