Public Information & Communications
For Release: Dec. 5, 2012
Contact: Steven Wright
Public Information & Communications Director
Until a few weeks ago, it was the site of an old motel that served as a homeless shelter for La Mesita. This morning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the La Mesita Apartments, 2254 W. Main St. It is phase one of a three-phase project to transform the aging La Mesita campus to help address a long-term solution for homelessness.
“The La Mesita Apartments will be a high-quality project in west Mesa that will offer affordable housing in close proximity to light rail and other public transit as well as neighborhood services,” District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh said. “The City is excited about the project because it has the potential to act as a catalyst for more redevelopment in the area.”
A New Leaf, based in Mesa, has partnered with Native American Connections to build the La Mesita Apartments, which includes an 80-unit affordable housing facility with community space. This will include A New Leaf’s integrated services offering assistance with healthcare, workforce development opportunities, on-site childcare, financial literacy and education classes. Approximately 30 of these units will be permanent, supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals and residents who need more intensive and longer-term supportive services.
“The shared vision of permanent supportive housing and onsite services at La Mesita has been made possible by the visionaries who stand here with me today,” A New Leaf Board President Mike Hutchinson said. “We all agree, everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home and thankfully, La Mesita Apartments in Mesa will be that place.”
The City of Mesa, Arizona Department of Housing and numerous community partnerships are involved with the La Mesita redevelopment. The City has offered 30 project-based housing vouchers for La Mesita residents and a 20 year interest-free loan to help A New Leaf begin the project. La Mesita will also utilize low income tax credits from the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH).
“La Mesita is another great example of a public-private partnership to help qualify it for the state’s housing tax credit, which was key to developing this project,” ADOH Director Michael Trailor said.
Construction on the La Mesita Apartments, or phase one of the redevelopment, is expected to be completed in December, 2013. Phase Two involves building a new supportive service office building, a three-story 16-unit emergency housing building and play area for children. Construction will begin in 2013.
For more information, visit www.TurnaNewLeaf.org or call A New Leaf at (480) 464-4648.
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