Housing

 A historic four-plex apartment building sets the tone in a Southside neighborhood.

A historic four-plex apartment building sets the tone in a Southside neighborhood.

Flagstaff lacks a variety of affordable housing options for its residents. Housing is affordable when ordinary working people can reasonably afford to rent or own it. Many forces make affordable housing a difficult goal to achieve. Flagstaff is not the only community with this problem, and can look to other, similar communities for ideas about how to solve it.

Stand Up for Flagstaff supports solutions that respect the scale and character of neighborhoods. Medium-sized housing options, such as townhomes, small apartment houses, courtyard apartments, duplexes and triplexes and garage apartments are solutions that provide high density options that blend with the single-family neighborhoods found in historic Flagstaff. In the main street and downtown areas, upper story housing above commercial activity fits with their existing and much loved character.

Giant private dormitory complexes such as the Hub and the Standard are inherently disruptive to existing neighborhoods and should not be permitted in them. They may fit well in other locations, where they will not disrupt neighborhoods, and may even be a welcome addition if they can create a neighborhood-like presence in those locations.

Stand Up for Flagstaff is working with elected officials and city staff to advocate for urban design solutions that will preserve the character and economic vitality of Flagstaff for the long term.