Our Accomplishments

We pride ourselves in being the collaborative, “roll up the sleeves” types, pushing diligently behind the scenes to transform our community for the better. We believe in the old phrase, “Show don’t tell.” We may be young, but we have planted the seeds of sustainability all over the Valley.

Mixed-Income Housing & TOD Accomplishments

  • Since July, 2011 the $20 million Sustainable Communities Fund (SCF) has provided:
    • $20 million of loan funds leveraging over $375 million in additional private investment for 24 developments connected to the light rail corridor including:
      •  2,044 affordable, workforce, market rate, and mixed-use housing units;
      • 200k sq ft of Commercial space including:
        • Adelante Healthcare Center;
        • The Newton – an adaptive reuse of the vacant, iconic Beefeater’s building into a locally owned bookstore – Changing Hands Bookstore (Phoenix location), job incubator, restaurant and wine bar – Justin Beckett’s “Southern Rail,” Southwest Gardener, community gathering and event space; and
        • Native American Connections Office Building (Campbell & Central, Phoenix)
        • Virgina Park Medical Complex (Virginia & 3rd Street, Phoenix)
  • Housing
    • Eastline (Apache Blvd., Tempe)
    • Cielo (Cesar Chavez Foundation/Palm Communities)
    • Devine Legacy on Central (Campbell & Central, Phoenix)
    • El Rancho (Main St., Mesa)
    • El Rancho Phase II (Main St., Mesa)
    • Encore on First Phase I & II (1st Ave. & Main St., Mesa)
    • Escobedo (University Dr., Mesa)
    • Frank Luke Phase II & III (Phoenix)
    • Gracie’s Village (Apache Blvd., Tempe)
    • La Mesita Phase I & II (Main St. & Dobson, Mesa)
    • Lofts at McKinley (5th Ave. & Roosevelt, Phoenix)
    • Ocotillo Apartments (19th Ave. & Missouri, Phoenix)
    • Residences on Farmer (7th St. & Farmer, Tempe)
    • Union at Roosevelt (1st Ave. & Roosevelt, Phoenix)
    • UL2 – Urban Living on 2nd Avenue (2nd Ave. & McKinley, Phoenix)
    • Virginia Wellness Center & Housing (Virginia & 3rd St., Phoenix)
  • Healthcare
    • Adelante Healthcare Center (Main Street & Longmore, Mesa)
    • Virginia Park (Virginia & 3rd Street, Phoenix)
  • Businesses / Job Creation
    • The Newton – an adaptive reuse of the vacant, iconic Beefeater’s building into a locally owned bookstore, job incubator, restaurant, community gathering space, and more.
    • Native American Connections Office Building (Campbell & Central, Phoenix)
    • Partnering with SEEDSPOT, CO+HOOTS, Alliance Bank, Citizens for a Vibrant Apache Corridor, Neighborhood Economic Development Corp., Arizona MultiBank, Accion, Discovery Triangle, and Local First Arizona to support commercial ventures connected to the light rail line that will attract and create jobs and economic opportunities in urban areas throughout Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.

Turning Public Policy into Public Action

    • Selected by the Congress for New Urbanism to launch the local Live/Work/Walk Initiative.
    • Selected by the nationally respected Governor’s Design Institute to host the nation’s first Sustainable Communities Summit with representatives from U.S. Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    • Successfully established transportation options, Transit Oriented Development, and sustainability as important campaign issues during mayoral and city council elections in Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.
    • Hosted a Regional Welcome Reception for incoming Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton that included 15 regional entities, and numerous Mayors and elected officials throughout Maricopa County.
    • Worked with City of Mesa Mayors Scott Smith and John Giles to highlight SCC and the $20 million Sustainable Communities Fund in Mesa’s State of the City addresses.
    • Worked with City of Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell to highlight SCC and the $20 million Sustainable Communities Fund in Tempe’s State of the City addresses.
    • Helped coordinate a vital regional strategy that secured a $3 million HUD Challenge Grant for Reinvent Phoenix.
    • Implementing Health Impact Assessments in local government planning, decision-making, and community development.

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