Monday event shows progress at new senior housing site

October 13, 2011

You can take a look at the 143-unit senior housing project currently under construction on West Congress Street at an event scheduled for 3 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The team behind the tentatively named New Armory Apartment want to show the
progress being made on Tucson’s newest affordable housing facility for seniors.

The event will take place southwest of Congress and Interstate 10, on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. Senior Housing Group and Evergreen Partners, along with the City of Tucson, are inviting future residents of the New Armory Apartments, along with nearby residents, elected officials and City staff.

Construction on the New Armory Apartments began in June 2011 and is scheduled to be complete by next fall. The project is funded in large part through an award of federal
tax credits allocated by the Arizona Department of Housing.

“Congratulations and thank you to Senior Housing Group and its partners for bringing these difficult-to-acquire federal low-income housing tax credits to Tucson,” said Council Member Regina Romero, whose ward encompasses the project. “This creates 200 local construction jobs and provides high quality, affordable green housing for our growing senior population.”

Steven Greenbaum, president of Chicago-based Senior Housing Group LLC,
developed the plan for the New Armory Apartments to replace the Armory Park Apartments, 211 S. Fifth Street, which were originally constructed almost 40 years ago and consist predominantly of small studio apartments, with growing physical challenges.

“Once our preservation initiative is complete, rather than living in an outdated, physically obsolete, high vacancy building with affordability restrictions currently set to expire in 2014, these and future residents of our “New Armory” building will live in much-improved, energy efficient, modern one-bedroom apartments secure that our 30-year affordability commitment will be in place thru 2042,” Greenbaum said. “This event will be an opportunity for Armory Park’s residents to see for themselves, first hand, the progress that we have made on their future home. Based upon feedback that we have received in several face-to-face meetings with these residents, there is a growing sense of excitement and appreciation for everyone’s support and commitment to making this vision a reality.”

Council Member Steve Kozachik, whose ward houses the current Armory Park Apartments said: “I appreciate the public process Mr. Greenbaum has engaged throughout the design of this new project. It is important to invite the many stakeholders to the table for their input, and that is especially true when you’re changing a person’s living quarters. SHG has met with the residents who will be moving and ensured them that what is being built will be a significant upgrade for them. They’re excited over the construction, and from what I hear the residents are looking forward to watching their new homes come up out of the ground. Kudos to Steve, SHG, and their partners for their persistence throughout the process.”