Neighborhood Stabilization Program Dedicates "Rescued" Subdivision

June 13, 2013

Gordon Estates Ribbon CuttingPhoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson, along with representatives from the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program and Mandalay Communities, yesterday officially welcomed the first family to purchase one of the 14 newly built, green-certified homes at Gordon Estates, a rescued subdivision abandoned during the foreclosure crisis.  

Gordon Estates is a pilot NSP project consisting of 14 green, energy-efficient and sustainable homes located at 16th and Apollo streets.  The completed project is the first subdivision in the country to meet and exceed four green building standards: National Green Building Standard Gold, ENERGY STAR v3, EPA WaterSense and Indoor Air Plus certifications.  As a result, energy consumption in these green homes is reduced by up to 70 percent over a traditional new home, with estimated energy costs of less than $69 per month to operate a 1,990-square-foot home.

"Gordon Estates represents the city's commitment to the quality of life for the residents of South Phoenix," said Councilman Johnson.  "This subdivision could have remained a casualty of the recession, but the city's Neighborhood Services Department stepped in, leveraged federal dollars, enlisted great community partners - including Mandalay Communities - and achieved the gold standard in green building.  This is what teamwork is all about!"     

The subdivision’s focus on sustainability and greening accomplished three goals: 1) new home construction with high efficiency at an attainable price creating jobs in the community; 2) homes that costs less to operate and provide a healthier environment for the homeowner; and 3) education of industry professionals and home builders on how to build green homes at a lower price.  

For project information, call Jesse Garcia at 602-261-8697 or email at  For home sales information, contact Claudia Schulz of Mandalay Communities at 602-327-3124.  To learn more about NSP, call 602-262-6602 or visit

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