Officials break ground on a new public housing complex in Chandler

Officials break ground on a new public housing complex in Chandler

Lawmakers and other local officials began Thursday morning east of downtown Chandler, where affordable housing is expected to be less than two years from now.

It is the city’s first project supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, which helps public housing agencies preserve and improve housing quality.

Jack Sellers is chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which voted last year to invest about $5 million in the complex.

“Affordable housing is one of the key issues we face,” Sellers said. “And finding a location like this that is very neighborhood-friendly and provides really, really important options for our residents is so critical.”

According to Sellers, the board voted last November to invest $10 million in affordable housing projects.

“That would benefit over 400 Chandler residents,” Sellers said. “Approximately $5 million of that funding went to Villas on McQueen.”

Once built, the complex will prioritize placing seniors, veterans and residents with disabilities in one of 150 planned units.

“The development will become a cornerstone of Chandler’s public housing redevelopment efforts and will revitalize this neighborhood,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke.

Affordable housing projects, Hartke added, are critical to helping meet the city’s current and future needs.

“It’s hard to find even a three-bedroom rental unit,” said Keon Montgomery of the state Department of Housing, praising the project’s design. “So to have a four- and five-bedroom option available to families in need is fantastic.”

Montgomery also stressed the need for layered funding and patience to pull projects like this together.