2017 LIHTC Development that Best Preserves Existing Public Housing
Aeroterra is the second and third phases of a four-phase revitalization of the Frank Luke Addition HOPE VI public housing community in Phoenix. The city owned the property, but after more than 60 years of use, it was distressed with an institutional appearance, inefficient systems and no curb appeal. The site was demolished and replaced with Aeroterra, a 130-apartment, mixed-income community that includes well-appointed interiors with energy-efficient appliances, washers and dryers, wood-plank flooring, ceiling fans, window coverings and storage. Outside, there is a beautifully landscaped open green space with community gardens, playgrounds, exercise equipment and barbecue areas.
“This does not look anything like a conventional public housing project which, of course, is exactly what we want,” said Jana Barbe, Development of Distinctions judge.