Two years ago, the Payson Unified School District was one of the first in Payson to go partly “off the grid.”
Gila Community College is following suit and more and more residents are opting to harness the sun.
Pineview Manor Apartments is the latest to add solar panels.
The senior living facility now gets 100 percent of its power through solar.
Besides solar, a lot has changed at Pineview, at 304 S. Clark Road, in the past year.
Every existing unit was completely remodeled and the center added six new buildings, adding 20 more affordable housing units.
Only a handful of these units are still available, said Peggy Newman, the Foundation for Senior Living regional manager, so people need to act fast.
The facility caters to low-income seniors, offering some of the least expensive rent rates in town with now some of the best units. Half of the center’s units are rent subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and managed by the Foundation for Senior Living, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Arizona.
In February, the apartment complex got its biggest overhaul to date.
A Tucson-based contractor started remodeling work on the existing units, tackling 12 units at a time.
For each section, homeowners were moved to a local hotel and catered daily meals while the work was under way.
Everything was done to make the move as comfortable as possible, Newman said. Movers put renters’ belongings in storage and then staff helped them unpack when the units were ready.
Most residents didn’t complain though because they returned to revamped homes.
In each unit, a wall was knocked down to make the living area more open, the kitchen and bathrooms replaced, walls painted, windows replaced, appliances added and new porches.
Newman said just because a person is low income it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a nice home.
On the north side of the property, crews added several new structures.
These units are available for low-income seniors, but are not subsidized by HUD. Units are rented based on income eligibility.
Besides solar panels, the complex has other new “green” features, including low-water use fixtures, Energy Star appliances and lighting, solar tubes and a new landscape of drought-resistant plants.
For more information, contact Newman at (928) 474-1317.