The Villas on McQueen: Chandler's First Public Housing Conversion through HUD's RAD Program

June 24, 2024
Rendering of Villas on McQueen

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler and Gorman & Company are excited to announce the groundbreaking development of Villas on McQueen, Chandler's first public housing project converted through the HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. The groundbreaking event will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. at 77N. McQueen Road at the corner of McQueen Road and East Trails End Place in Chandler, Ariz. Refreshments will follow.

This innovative project marks a significant milestone in Chandler's housing landscape, aiming to provide low and moderate-income renters with environmentally and economically sustainable housing options, complete with on-site resident services. The Chandler City Council unanimously approved Villas on McQueen, underscoring the community's strong support for this transformative initiative. The development is set to invigorate the neighborhood, further enhanced by the new retail development on the adjacent parcel.

“Today’s milestone has been years in the making,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “We are one step closer to modernizing our aging housing facilities and providing much-needed housing options for families and seniors in Chandler. I’m thankful for our city staff and our partners for their diligent work to get us to this point.”

Conveniently located just one block from a high-frequency bus route, Villas on McQueen offers easy access to essential services, including schools, healthcare providers, parks, social services, recreational amenities, and employment opportunities. The project is thoughtfully designed to accommodate a diverse resident population, including seniors, Veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities (IDDs), and families.

"Villas on McQueen represents a major step forward in providing supportive housing options in Chandler," said Sally Schwenn, Arizona Market President for Gorman & Company. "This project not only addresses the immediate housing needs of the community but also ensures long-term benefits through its amenities and accessibility features."

Villas on McQueen is set to become a cornerstone of Chandler's master redevelopment plan, showcasing a model for future public housing projects, and setting a new standard for community-centric development.

About Gorman and Company
Gorman & Company is a leader in community revitalization through a steadfast dedication to high-quality affordable, workforce, public, and senior housing nationwide. Their fully integrated platform, led by a team of industry leaders in development, architectural design, construction, and portfolio management, provides the highest level of customer care to their partners. At the heart of Gorman’s philosophy is a commitment to collaboratively build strong, inclusive neighborhoods alongside municipalities, governmental organizations, and nonprofits. Headquartered in Wisconsin, and celebrating 40 years of neighborhood revitalization, Gorman has been recognized as one of the nation’s top “Affordable Housing Developers” by Affordable Housing Finance magazine for more than a decade. Learn more about their diverse portfolio of national projects on their website.

About the City of Chandler, Ariz.
Chandler, Arizona has built a reputation as a Community of Innovation. Life in Chandler goes beyond a thriving and dynamic business community with progressive entrepreneurship. Known for its rich diversity, the city offers an outstanding quality of life for all generations with great schools and recreational opportunities. Chandler has grown to become the state's fourth-largest city with a population of more than 287,000. Chandler has been named one of the nation's Best Places to Find a Job and Best Cities for Women in Tech. The city also is one of the safest communities in the nation and boasts AAA bond ratings from all three national rating agencies, one of a select few cities and towns nationally to receive this prestigious designation. For more information, visit, or connect with Chandler on social media.

Media contacts:
Melissa Badini
Marketing Communications Strategist, Gorman & Company

Stephanie Romero
Public Information Officer, City of Chandler

Toni Smith
Communications Manager, City of Chandler