Sun Ray Holds Grand Opening

Originally published in the June 10, 2015 issue of the Douglas Dispatch

By:  Aaliyah Montoya - Douglas Dispatch

Douglas' newest complex, Sun Ray Family Apartments, held a grand opening on June 3.

A project developed by The Pacific Companies, Project Manager Don Slattery shared a few words along with U.S. Residential Group Regional Manager Mike McGreal, and Douglas City Manager Carlos De La Torre.

"This is my third trip to Douglas in the last several months, and I am just so impressed by how friendly and helpful everybody is and you can really feel the sense of community that is here," said McGreal. "We want Sun Ray Apartments to be an extension of that family atmosphere."

The complex is a 57-unit multifamily housing community, which serves individuals and families earning up to 60 percent of the area median income for Cochise County.

"We are enriching our resident's lifestyles," McGreal said. "Offering resident services, a library and computer lab, fitness center, a pool and playground, all in conjunction with the City of Douglas."

"Residents who were living in 30 year-old apartments are now living in brand new quarters," said De La Torre. "This is really improving their quality of life and giving them everything that they deserve."

Several departments, and agencies have worked together in the production of the Sun Ray complex, including the Douglas Housing Corporation and the City of Douglas. A.C.T. call center plans on working with Sun Ray through their Resident Services Program, providing computer training, financial, housing and education counseling, and job training and search assistance.

For the grand-opening, the Rack furniture store extended their assistance in the furnishing of a model home, and La Bella Donna donated flowers.

Commercial washer and dryers are available to residents in an onsite laundry facility, with washer and dryer hook-ups in every unit. The community clubhouse gives residents a place for special events, equipped with a full-size kitchen, living room, television, and family board games.

An on-site solar panel and motion sensor lighting in every unit is said to minimize the cost of resident electricity bills.

According to on-site Manager Angie Villareal, affordable housing requires that one must meet certain guidelines to qualify as a resident. This requirement is geared towards the median income, not to be confused with low income or project housing.

"This is for people who are working, but might not qualify for public assistance," said Villareal. "How it works is, our tax credit program gives the owner a credit on their taxes for providing affordable housing to median income residents."

Villareal continued, "They really wasted no expense in making sure the residents have the amenities they need, at a great quality. Who wouldn't want to live here?"

As of June 3, the grand-opening date, 34 units have already been filled by residents. For more information about Sun Ray, and application opportunities, contact Villareal at 520-647-9800 or visit 2511 HoHoKam Drive.

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