Phoenix, NAC look to redevelop Deck Park property

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The city of Phoenix and Native American Connections are looking to redevelop the Deck Park Vista Apartments at Third and Moreland Streets into new affordable and workforce housing.

The site is in the Roosevelt Row area and the north end of downtown Phoenix.

NAC will develop a new 201-unit apartment complex with affordable and workforce housing units. The project will replace an existing 56-unit affordable housing complex at the same site. That property is an age 55-plus community.

The city had fielded redevelopment plans for the 2-acre site and city staff picked Native American Connections’ proposal. The development plans will be presented to the Phoenix City Council next month.

The new development will have 126 affordable housing units and 75 dedicated for workforce housing. Phoenix has seen some of the largest apartment rent increases in the country. That is stressing middle income and working-class renters. Job losses from COVID-19 are also magnifying the need for more affordable housing options.

Construction on the project is scheduled to start in October 2021 with completion in November 2023. Native American Connections also provide social and community services. NAC’s plans call for first floor commercial space with a health care or dental provider.

Senior residents at the existing apartment complex will be offered a similar unit at the city’s other senior housing complexes. The city will pay for those relocations. Current residents will also have a chance to move back to the new development.

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