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Developer Envisions ‘Pocket Neighborhood’

Courtesy of City of Phoenix

By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The City of Phoenix Planning Commission will consider a developer’s plan to build a unique community, which will offer an independent living option for disabled adults, including those with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.

ECC Management, LLC wants to transform 4.73 acres of vacant land at the NWC of 16th Street and Wahalla Lane in north Phoenix into a “pocket neighborhood” for residents with special needs – or anyone else who sees the benefit of what, if approved, they describe will be a first-of-its-kind community in Arizona.

The Luna Azul community would be comprised of 30 individually owned cottage homes ranging in size from 1,100SF to 1,700SF with two- and three-bedroom options. These homes – each with its own front porch – will be clustered around and facing a pair of shared courtyards. The plan is to provide safety, as well as foster interaction and friendship among residents in a walkable, traffic-free environment.

“Luna Azul is a community where residents can live permanently, safely, and make lasting friendships; the community aims to provide convenient access to services, employment opportunities and urban amenities. The community is suitable for adults with disabilities providing them and others an atmosphere within which to live life safely, securely and on their own terms,” according to the developer’s submitted narrative.

Shared amenities will include indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, a Center House, and a swimming pool. Staff will be on-site to manage programs and activities, while a transport shuttle may help residents access nearby services. The property may also include a secured entrance and perimeter fence.

Unlike other housing options for adults with special needs, Luna Azul will provide permanent, individual home ownership, the self-determination and flexibility for residents to choose their own caregivers and roommates, as well as social opportunities in an insulated “neighborhood of peers.” The developer claims the community will be the first in Arizona to do this.

Parking and access are provided around a circle drive, which surrounds the Center House. The cottages will be clustered around courtyards to the east and west of the center drive, with walkways and shade features provided throughout.


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