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Nonprofit garners support for Scottsdale housing idea

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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:37 am | Updated: 6:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A nonprofit group wants to bulldoze run-down apartments on SkySong’s southern border and replace them with 3-story townhomes, some of which would be set aside for residents living below the median income.

Chandler-based Community Services of Arizona, which is purchasing the Belleview Street properties using federal tax dollars allocated by Scottsdale, presented their proposed “Belleview Estates” concept during a public open house Wednesday at the Granite Reef Senior Center.

The plan, which is still subject to change, features 26 units on 1.1 acres at 7218 E. Belleview Street, just east of Scottsdale Road and south of SkySong, the high-tech research park under construction on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and Mc-Dowell roads.

Between eight and 12 of the two- and three-bedroom townhomes will be reserved for residents earning up to 80 percent of the area median income, which today is $33,650 for a single person and $48,100 for a family of four.

The remaining would be sold at market rate, which today CSA president Brian Swanton said would be about $300,000. But he added that number could change before construction is scheduled to start in 2008. CSA hopes to complete work in 2009.

“I think it’s an outstanding product,” Scottsdale resident Dave Hochstrasser said. “Hopefully it encourages surrounding property owners to upgrade their properties. To me, it’s a no-brainer.”

Jason Wellman of Scottsdale, who attended the open house, wanted to know more about how the affordable housing element would work.

“I’m still somewhat skeptical but it makes more sense than I thought,” Wellman said.

CSA is negotiating to acquire one more apartment complex from Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, which is needed before the project can start construction, Swanton said. CSA has the proper zoning, but would need the approval of the Scottsdale Development Review Board before it could start building, he said.

Scottsdale has allocated more than $2.5 million in federal money to CSA since 2002, plus an additional $300,000 in city funding.

Last year, the group was allocated $825,000 in federal funds, which was used to purchase 12 apartment units on Belleview Street to go along with the nine units it had owned for about 12 years.

Swanton said the group has another pending $500,000 request to Scottsdale for federal dollars that would be used to develop the project.

The 7200 block of E. Belleview Street runs from Scottsdale Road east to 74th Street. The stretch is for the most part run-down — with a few wellmaintained properties — and over the past year has been the subject of code violation citations and crimes of auto theft, robbery, burglary, and attempted auto theft, according to city records.

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