A plan to transform a declining neighborhood in Phoenix is taking a big step forward with a $30 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The grant, one of the largest in this year’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program, will target Phoenix’s Edison-Eastlake Community.
The HUD-funded program will see the demolition of three aging public housing complexes located one mile to the east of downtown Phoenix.
Those complexes will be replaced by nearly 1,200 new rental units housed in different-sized structures.
According to a project description published by HUD, 150 units will be built off-site “in communities that offer similar or better educational, employment, and transit opportunities.”
The funding for the Phoenix project is one of five national Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grants announced by HUD, totaling more than $144 million.
In announcing the grants, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said the funding represents a major investment designed to “revitalize entire neighborhoods and create more opportunities for those who live there.”
The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is specifically focused on replacing distressed public and assisted living housing facilities across the country.
Work on the expansive Edison-Eastland community project is expected to begin next year.
By Garry Boulard
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