Congratulations to our clients the Phoenix Housing Department and Gorman Development who were awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to redevelop city owned public housing. The $30 million grant will be used to transform the Edison-Eastlake community into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. Gorman was selected by the City of Phoenix to serve as the grant’s Housing Implementation Entity.
We are proud to be a part of the team that will to help fulfill Phoenix’s vision to revitalize the public housing area with redeveloped neighborhoods and public open space. Gammage & Burnham was involved in the entitlement process that included rezoning all of the parcels to the Walkable Urban Code. All of the parcels had to be entitled within a very short time frame to meet HUD’s application deadline. Our Planning and Zoning Team worked closely with the City Housing Department to accomplish their goals.
The $30 million in funds will be used to transform the Edison-Eastlake community into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. Gorman was competitively selected by the City of Phoenix to serve as the grant’s Housing Implementation Entity. Gammage & Burnham represented Gorman and the City of Phoenix during the entitlement process to help fulfill the City’s vision for neighborhoods that align with the city’s Walkable Urban Code adopted in 2015. This process included rezoning and restructuring the function an density of the city-owned public housing units within the neighborhood, some that are upwards of 75 years old, which were in need of redevelopment.
Implementing this grant will help redevelop public housing and stimulate economic growth in the area near St. Luke’s Hospital and Edison Park, 18th and Van Buren streets. It will link housing redevelopment with new amenities, upgraded infrastructure and social services. Along with this, new plans will ensure that the Edison-Eastlake community benefits, and builds on, the local transit-oriented development opportunities.
For the past two years, the Housing Department has worked with residents, businesses and community organizations on a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan required for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. The resulting “One Vision Plan” provides the framework to radically reshape the Edison-Eastlake community into a vibrant gateway to downtown Phoenix by expanding quality affordable housing opportunities for all.
Read more about the Edison-Eastlake One Vision Plan that was created.
Read the full City of Phoenix Press Release shared on July 19, 2018 announcing the award of the grant.