As journeys go, the trip to build the Green Valley Apartments was relatively short. The Payson Regional Housing Development, a nonprofit corporation created to pursue funding for this most recent venture in affordable housing, was formed Jan. 26, 2001. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the apartment complex is Wednesday, Nov. 12.
It was a rough road though, with a number of setbacks and 11th hour saves -- such as getting the property purchased just before the clock ran out on the project funding.
"It was a very long and tedious process that required the cooperation of a lot of different people," said Richard Croy, president and director of PRHD.
But the project is complete and almost fully occupied by Payson residents who have household incomes that are 60 percent less than the area's median income.
"Our main objective was met," Croy said, "We're providing housing for many working families in Payson."
"We have everything rented or committed," said Scott Black, on-site manager of the complex, "except six of the three-bedroom apartments. All the two-bedroom units are rented and occupied."
Green Valley Apartments has a total of 40 units, with one for the on-site manager. There are 16 two-bedroom units with 782 square feet, and 24 three-bedroom apartments with 955 square feet, Black said.
"There are two fully handicapped units and one unit designed for either a sight or hearing-impaired resident," Black said. These are among the apartments already rented.
Black works with the Landmark Management Group, which was hired by the PRHD to manage the complex.
"It's a very nice complex with a fenced, children's play area for the little kids and a basketball court for the older ones," Black said.
The grand opening is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 905 S. McLane Road, the ribbon cutting ceremony is at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours offered.
For information on rentals, call the Green Valley Apartments at (928) 474-4639.