Mill Avenue has had it’s ups and it’s downs, for sure. In the past, there have been some cool places come and go but the overall feel is that cool things are happening in what is arguably the state’s most urban environment. Lately, there has been quite a buzz about the West 6th buildings and the fact that they have been having quite a bit of success in pre-leasing before their August opening.
When you think of Mill Avenue, do you think of old people? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Soon, that might change as people learn more about Encore on Farmer. Encore is going to be 56 units of age and income restricted living for seniors 55 and older just outside of the heart of the Mill Avenue District. Located on Farmer Street between 6th and 7th streets, this would seem like a pretty convenient location for any age group. Having senior citizens directly west of West 6th is going to bring an interesting mix of people living in the area.
Construction entrance, Encore on Farmer – West 6th in the background:
Recently, I spoke with the developer of Encore on Farmer and heard him say more than once that more and more seniors are looking to live in urban, walk able neighborhoods. The proximity to public transportation is a big draw and our light rail system can help retired adults enjoy access to restaurants, shops, sporting activities, the arts centers and more. Yes, many people think of Mill Avenue as a college area, but living near ASU can be so much more than books and beer bongs.
This 56 unit project seems to have kind of snuck in under the radar of many people in the area, but construction for Encore on Farmer is already underway and is scheduled ( tentatively ) for a December / January opening.
View Homes Near METRO light Rail in a larger map
The Mill Avenue District is certainly undergoing some changes and there will be literally hundreds of new occupants come this time next year. This location for Encore on Farmer seems to go well with the plan to stretch the Mill Avenue District a bit with the proposed Tempe Modern Streetcar system that is said to be coming down Ash Avenue.
Plenty of changes are in store in downtown Tempe. Don’t push grandma out of the way during nickel beer night, she might whack you with her cane…
*Update: here is a pic the developer sent to us. It shows what the finished product will look like*