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Chandler votes to oppose housing project; mayor says others are already in the works

The Chandler City Council voted unanimously Monday to oppose a multifamily housing development project. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke says adding more affordable housing to Chandler was not the issue.

“I didn’t hear anybody say that they didn’t want low-income housing or affordable housing in Chandler,” Hartke said. “They’re just concerned, like us, that this is just not a good fit for that site.”

He says concerns from residents and the council centered on the project being too close to train tracks, under a runway flight path and not having enough water supply.

“Everything about this area really speaks that this is for industrial [use],” Hartke said.

One part of the equation, Hartke says, is that the city has allocated water to the area for industrial uses, but that amount would not be enough for housing.

Chandler is working on affordable housing projects in other parts of the city that Hartke says are better suited for residents, like the recently approved Villas on McQueen. The project is expected to cost $51 million and be finished in 2025.

Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.