Thompson + Pollari

SILC Housing Plan

SILC Housing PlanT+P developed a prototype residential community based on “universal accessibility” standards for a 10-acre site in downtown Phoenix adjacent the Central Avenue corridor. The project was funded by SILC, the Statewide Independent Living Council. The project goal was to develop the overall site and building design with “portable” universal design housing strategies that could be replicated in projects for separate development parcels within the city. 

The project features low, medium and high density housing “neighborhoods” combined to form a community of 350-units. Accessibility is enhanced through the use of platform parking that provides direct, upper-story entries for handicapped tenants. Commercial frontage at street level on Central Avenue includes surface parking provided at the rear of each space. Elevators located at key circulation points access a six-story complex that includes “live / work” studios and upper level pedestrian streets. Community facilities include a swimming pool, community center, laundry and retail components.

SILC Housing Plan


February 2003

Key Design Concepts

  • “Portable” universal design concepts at both site and housing unit scales
  • Parking platforms to allow fully accessible level two units
  • Live / work units to address urban market
  • Upper level pedestrian streets
  • Wide garages with ramps
    Level two pool terrace / exercise & training space adjacent the public “green”