By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Since first gaining approval in 1974, the facility now known as Friendship Village at Southern Avenue and Evergreen Road in Tempe has undergone several expansions, renovations and other changes to give its residents the amenities and lifestyle comforts expected from a quality senior community.
Guided by architect/GC Ryan Companies, owner Friendship Village of Tempe is now in the process of remaking the property to bring the entire campus up to state of the art standards.
The proposal currently before the City of Tempe would demolish 488 cottage style and apartment units and replace them with a mix of 202 duplex cottage units, 212 standard apartments and 28 townhouse style units.
The duplex cottage units would be near three additional cottage buildings that were approved and constructed in 2016. The new units will largely match the palette and aesthetics of the 2016 build and include a color mix of beige and grey, with rust orange pergolas over the patios.
Each cottage has a large garage intended to serve as parking for one car and also provide room for a storage or workshop space, according to the proposal. East of this section will be an amenities area with a new pickleball court, ornamental pavers and a community pergola.
An existing 192-unit apartment area will be replaced with a new 212-unit, four-five story structure to be known as The Courtyard Apartments. In Phase 1, some existing surface parking will be replaced. Parking for the Courtyard Apartments will include a single level garage with spaces for 278 vehicles and 78 bicycles.
The first floor of the apartments features a ground face masonry veneer, changing to a stone veneer at the main entrances. The upper floors will be linen-colored stucco with beige accents on the patios.
In keeping with the facility’s mission and goal to be an “age in place” home for retirees with a range of different needs and lifestyles, several existing features of Friendship Village will remain. These include the Main Street apartments, fitness center and pool, an environmental building, a recreation center and the Nunnenkamp Center assisted living facility.
Construction will take place in several phases and is expected to begin in fall of next year.
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