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Affordable senior housing construction continues in Nampa

An aerial view of the Sky Ridge Apartments in Nampa now being built.
Photo courtesy City of Nampa

NAMPA — Two of Nampa’s newest affordable housing complexes for seniors have put out the welcome mat. And more units are in the pipeline.

The Treasure Valley’s dearth of affordable housing, especially housing that caters to seniors, is credited with filling all 100 units at the apartment communities in record time.

In the past nine months, 100 affordable senior housing apartments have been built in Nampa, and a 70-unit complex will welcome its first residents in 2020, according to the city.

The Colorado Gardens and Mercy Creek apartment communities are fully leased and the Sky Ridge apartments are now being built, according to the city of Nampa, which hosted an open house this week to spotlight the development efforts.

Colorado Gardens, located at 1007 S. Elder St., opened in January of this year. Its 50 units for renters age 55-plus are at full capacity,

Ditto for Mercy Creek, a 50-unit apartment complex located at 1615 S. 8th St. Boise developer Bill Truax, who runs the Galena Opportunity Fund, said, “The Mercy Creek community leased up in 30 days…a true testament to the needs of Nampa’s citizens being addressed.”

The original site of the development was home to Mercy Hospital, which was built in the early 1900s. After being vacated in the mid-2000s, the historic building was destroyed by fire in 2016.

Sky Ridge, currently under construction, is located at 412 E. Hawaii Street in Nampa. It will open next year.

Both Mercy Creek and Sky Ridge were developed by the design/construction team of CSDI Construction, Inc. and Hutchinson Smith Architects.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling hailed the construction as important for seniors to offset the rising cost of housing when many are living on fixed incomes.

“The topic of growth is at the forefront of discussions across the entire Treasure Valley,” said Kling in a statement. “I am very pleased that Nampa will soon have three affordable housing complexes.”

The recently opened Mercy Creek Apartments for low-income senior leased up quickly.
Photo courtesy of City of Nampa

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