Phoenix to get $10M for 2 new affordable housing projects

Sep 5, 2023, 4:25 AM | Updated: 5:27 am

Half of those funds will help pay for a hotel renovation project. The 125-room Super 8 hotel on Black Canyon Highway, pictured above, will be converted into affordable rental housing units that prioritize people 55 and up. (Google Street View Photo) (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images) The hotel conversion project will support a larger effort to revitalize the community, city documents said.  (AP Photo/Matt York) The upcoming Super 8 hotel renovation will complement the nearby Project Haven Program, a project currently under construction that is transforming a Phoenix Inn into a permanent housing facility for senior citizens. (Central Arizona Shelter Services Photo) "Residents will also have opportunities to utilize the Innovation 27 programming directly to the south of the housing development," city documents said. (City of Phoenix Rendering) The city of Phoenix will build the Innovation 27 facility on the site of an old Kmart near Northern Avenue and Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue. (Google Street View Photo) The area has been vacant for years, but city leaders hope to turn it into a thriving campus where locals can learn valuable job skills. (City of Phoenix Rendering) "This is another great victory for District Five and our whole city," Councilwoman Betty Guardado, pictured above, said of the decision to spend $5 million to renovate the Super 8 hotel on Black Canyon Highway. (City of Phoenix Photo/via YouTube) The other $5 million will go into revitalizing the Edison-Eastlake community, which is east of downtown Phoenix near Interstate 10. (City of Phoenix Photo) The money will also provide 109 new units of affordable and mixed income housing in the area, Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington said. (Facebook Photo) The council's 9-0 vote means construction on the units will kick off on the former A.L. Krohn Homes public housing site in summer 2024. The new housing residences will be one- to five-bedroom units. (Photo by Ellen O’Brien/Cronkite News)
The Phoenix City Council, led by Mayor Kate Gallego, voted to accept $10 million in federal funding for two affordable housing projects in a meeting on Aug. 28. (Facebook Photo/Mayor Kate Gallego)

PHOENIX – The Phoenix City Council voted to accept $10 million in federal and county funds to launch two new affordable housing projects during a meeting last month.

The money will come from Maricopa County, which will share a portion of federal funds it received through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Half of the $10 million payout will go towards converting a former Super 8 Motel near Northern Avenue and Interstate 17 into a supportive housing facility.

“This will create safe affordable housing units at a critical time for our community,” Councilwoman Betty Guardado, who oversees the district the 125-room hotel was in, said at a meeting.

The former Super 8 hotel is located at 8130 N. Black Canyon Highway.

The renovations will provide safe and affordable housing units, including rooms that are accessible or adaptable for people with disabilities.

“This $5 million investment … will complement the incredible work we have been busy doing along 27th Avenue,” Guardado said.

How is Phoenix improving the area near 27th Avenue?

City documents said the hotel conversion will support “a larger community revitalization effort” in the area.

That includes Project Haven, a future housing complex that is currently being renovated into an emergency shelter for seniors. Project Haven is north of the former Super 8 hotel site.

Guardado said the hotel renovation would also complement the upcoming Innovation 27 Workforce Training and Education Collaborative.

That’s another construction project city leaders are currently working on. City leaders are creating a campus out of what used to be a Kmart. The Innovation 27 facility will teach job skills in west Phoenix once construction is completed in the fall of 2024.

Arizona State University, Maricopa County Community College District and Western Maricopa Education Center will help Phoenix city officials teach students through the Innovation 27 program.

Both Project Haven and the Innovation 27 project will be within walking distance of the housing facility when construction is complete.

What’s the second of the two new affordable housing projects?

The other $5 million payout will bolster Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington’s district, which is east of downtown Phoenix.

The money will help the city afford construction costs associated with redeveloping Horizon on Villa, which will be on the site of the former A.L. Krohn Homes public housing community near Villa and McKinley streets, city documents said.

“I’m excited to see another mixed income project,” Washington said. “It will be providing 109 new units of affordable and mixed income housing here in District 8 at the Edison-Eastlake community.”

The dozens of new units will provide affordable and mixed income housing units ranging from one- to five-bedroom models. The construction will also erect an outdoor community space with a “public art component” and a family education center.

The Horizon on Villa project is projected to kick off in the summer of 2024.

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Phoenix to get $10M for 2 new affordable housing projects