Gracie’s Village

Solar-powered units, by Catherine Reagor, Arizona Republic, December 1, 2013

A housing development in Tempe called Gracie’s Village opened last week. The project, on Apache boulevard, along the Valley Metro light-rail line, has 50 affordable housing units above a thrift store.

All are solar-powered.

Developer Gorman & Co. worked with Grace Community Church of the Valley and the Arizona Housing Department to develop the three-story project.

Rental rates start at $394 a month for a one-bedroom apartment. Families earning $18,600 to $46,260 a year can rent at Gracie’s Village, which also has two-and three-bedroom apartments.

The development has a multipurpose room for before and after school care, a Wi-Fi Internet lounge, a roof deck, playground, picnic area, frontloading energy-efficient washer and dryers inside each unit, hard-surface flooring and electronically controlled entry.