Phoenix mayor applauds affordable rental projects

After a year wherein evictions in Maricopa County hit a 13 year-high, affordable housing is desperately wanted.

PHOENIX — On Monday, City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined representatives of longtime house builder Greenlight Communities to point out her help for the company’s latest building project at 67th Avenue and McDowell Road.

A company spokesperson mentioned that the 292-unit house advanced is the primary of six “Streamliner” communities deliberate to be constructed within the Valley that can have rents averaging $1,250 per thirty days. 

Mayor: City not maintaining with housing provide 

Gallego mentioned Phoenix residents want “a rent that makes sense.”

“The average housing price is now $470,000, and that’s not attainable for everyone in our community, and that’s why I’m excited to support this project,” Gallego mentioned. 

Greenlight Communities advertises itself as an house builder offering attainable housing for renters with a spread of incomes. 

Its present line of Cabana communities are $300-$500 lower than the typical for house leases, and its new line of Streamliner flats will probably be $500-$700 much less, mentioned co-founder Robert Lyles. 

“We looked around to see where the rental population needed to rent,” mentioned Lyles. “It’s not money-driven. It’s not Wall Street-driven like many of the high-end apartment buildings you see all over town.” 

Greenlight Communities can supply decrease rents by implementing “resourceful development practices,” constructing on “underutilized land,” and recruiting traders who help the objective of affordable housing, mentioned Co-Founder Patricia Watts. 

“This is purpose-driven development, and not every investor is driven completely by profits, and we’ve been very fortunate to have investment partners that value the purpose of the mission as well as the returns,” Watts mentioned. 

Arizona Teacher of the Year: Project is required for lecturers and households 

Arizona’s Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal was additionally on the groundbreaking ceremony to talk on behalf of the training neighborhood. Neal teaches in a faculty district close to the project web site and mentioned he at the moment pays $1,900 a month for hire in downtown Phoenix. Neal mentioned affordable hire is desperately wanted for lecturers and college students. 

“I’ve seen how often teachers have had to leave because of finances,” Neal mentioned. 

He mentioned about 80 p.c of scholars in his classroom pay hire. 

“Most of them have moved at least once and several times since the pandemic. It’s really scary and frustrating, and it hurts instruction,” Neal mentioned. 

Partnering with faculty districts and corporations 

Greenlight Communities has been in Phoenix since 1996. It is privately owned and funded. 

The company has met with faculty districts to debate partnerships so districts can use the flats as a recruitment device. They are additionally concerned in a partnership with a Tawainese semi-conductor company establishing a plant in North Phoenix. Greenlight Communities house advanced would accommodate workers of the company. 

The company has formidable plans transferring ahead. 

“We just put our 19th project in escrow,” Lyles mentioned. 


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