Casitas on East Broadway





Project Description

Casitas on East Broadway is the first HUD 202 Senior Housing project in Arizona to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Because of tight budget constraints, LRD’s architects made every effort to maximize sustainable design without adding cost. For example, the senior living project received substantial LEED points for its density, use of an existing in-fill site and compliance with the City of Tucson’s low water use and native plant ordinances. In addition, the development includes windows made from recycled materials, low water use plumbing fixtures and highly efficient mechanical units. Each LEED design strategy was assessed in an effort to provide maximum benefit to the residents at a minimum cost.

Casitas is innovative on other fronts. Although unit size and common areas are strictly limited by HUD requirements, the organization of the units around small scale courtyards provides a sense of smaller communities not found in typical HUD projects.  The building massing is derived from and reinforces the neighborhood urban fabric, and the building details recall traditional courtyard urban housing common to the older areas of Tucson.

Casitas on East Broadway is the result a non-profit senior housing joint venture between Tucson Housing Foundation and Catholic Community Services.

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