La Mesita Phase 3 Celebration – 2245 W. Ella Street, Building C, Mesa
The third phase of the La Mesita Project is a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) provides permanent supportive housing solutions for very-low income, chronically homeless individuals and families. This 30-unit apartment, located in West Main Street’s Transit Oriented Corridor was completed at an approximate cost of $8,106,007.
By requirement, La Mesita Phase 3 must limit all 30 units to residents with less than 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), many of the units will be set aside for residents with lower incomes (12 units for households at 40% AMI and 18 units at 50% AMI). All of the units shall serve chronically homeless people with a preference for Veterans. Rents are to be designated at 30% AMI and will have support with rental assistance from a Housing Assistance Payment Agreement with the City of Mesa. These households will be wrapped in supportive services, individually tailored to each of their unique needs, to ensure that each household achieves self-sufficiency and most importantly, self-worth. A New Leaf will provide a mix of supportive services for the residents, including access to A New Leaf’s child care program, before and after school education program, computer training and workforce development initiatives, and financial literacy.
The sustainable development meets LEED Gold standards and employs several green building strategies. Those strategies include the re-utilization of an existing site, and design features such as shading devices; Xeriscape landscaping, designed to meet the EPA's water efficiency requirements; new Dual-Pane low-E Energy Star rated windows; reflective roof coating; and externally insulated exterior walls. On-site amenities will include access, to a resident clubhouse (multipurpose room, exercise equipment, playground, computer lab, child care facility, and many other amenities), designed to ensure tenant retention and long-term marketability. Outdoor facilities will consist of Picnic & BBQ Areas and outdoor recreational space.