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Apr 12, 2013 8:56 PM by John Patrick

New housing development creates jobs, benefits seniors

TUCSON - A new community on Tucson's south side is bringing affordable senior citizen housing while creating jobs in the process.

With the grand opening of Sunnyside Pointe Villas, low income senior citizens like Antonio Perez are getting the opportunity to enjoy a better life.

"I was barely making ends meet before and now things will be a little easier on me," says Perez.

With the help of low income tax credits Perez's rent will be kept to a minimum and so will his utilities. All of the homes in the new community are LEED Platinum Certified meaning they have the highest rating in energy efficiency.

Daniel Ranieri, President of La Frontera Arizona, says everything that went into the construction of these homes form the insulation to the appliances was aimed to keep utility cost down.

Ranieri explains, "It's going to keep utility cost quite low. It should be kept to one hundred dollars or less."

On top of assisting senior citizens the construction of Sunnyside Pointe Villas has created 120 new jobs for Tucson. Councilman Richard Fimbres with the city of Tucson says this project is one way that Tucsonans have come together.

"In one of the hardest economic downturns this country has ever faced we have lots of movement and that's because Tucsonans have banded together," says Fimbres.

With a track of 90 new energy efficient homes Tucson's south side is showing signs of life.

Fimbres says,"This is part of the puzzle of the renaissance of the south side."

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