Franmar Manor


Goal: Revitalize an older Section 8 housing complex and create several new community amenity spaces, increasing neighbor interactions and connection.

The Franmar Manor project involved the acquisition and rehabilitation of an existing, occupied 78-unit, affordable family property in Phoenix, AZ. Completed in December 2019, the project underwent significant interior and exterior renovations to preserve the property. Upgrades to the project included all new apartment unit interiors, a new roof, extensive playground and basketball court renovations, modernized BBQ and picnic area, as well as parking, energy, and accessibility upgrades. A new community room, food pantry, soccer field, and community garden were added to the development as well.

Local artist Tyson Krank painted two new large-scale murals to further enliven the play and garden areas. The addition of these new community spaces promotes connection between residents and offers an enhanced sense of community. Mercy House provides onsite services such as health and wellness classes and life skills training to all residents.


Funding for the project included HOME funds, 4% tax credits/tax-exempt bonds, soft funds from the Arizona Dept of Housing, and private debt. All 78 units are covered under a long term, project-based Section 8 HAP agreement.

  • Number of units: 78
  • Lot size: 3.5 acres
  • Density: 22.59 units/acre
  • Unit size: 590 - 1,129 sf
  • Unit mix: 12 1BD, 56 2BD, 10 3BD
  • Parking Spaces: 110
  • Affordability: 50-60% AMI
  • Total Cost: $16.9 M
  • Non-Profit Partner: Integrity Housing
  • Architect: Whitneybell Perry Architecture
  • Contractor: Wilshire Pacific Builders
  • Property Management: MEB Management Services


CDP is proud to partner with these organizations, dedicated to bettering the lives not only of Franmar Manor’s residents, but of those lower-income residents in surrounding communities.

Integrity Housing

Based in Orange County, CA Integrity Housing (IH) is a non-profit owner and operator of affordable housing throughout California. IH has been a partner with CDP on multiple affordable projects in CA, AZ and OR. They bring a wealth of knowledge to the projects from soft financing consultation and grant writing to operating expertise. To learn more, please visit:

Mercy House

Mercy House was founded by Father Jerome T. Karcher with a vision to serve the local homeless and at-risk communities. Since beginning services in 1990, Mercy House has grown from a single transitional housing program to a complete system of care designed to span the spectrum of services. These range from outreach and homeless prevention programs to emergency shelters and permanent housing, which incorporates both Housing First projects serving chronically homeless populations and affordable housing serving very low to low-income populations. On an annual basis, Mercy House programs and services touch the lives of over 7,000 adults and children across Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, and Kern Counties in California as well as Maricopa County, Arizona. Our growth over our 30-year tenure has been tied to clarity of vision and purpose, always bearing in mind our ultimate goal: to end the homelessness of all who enter our unique system of care. To learn more, please visit:

Tyson Krank

Tyson Krank is a prominent Phoenix street artist who shared his talent with the Franmar Manor community by creating two vibrant large-scale murals. The playground mural is bright and whimsical filled with playful shapes and bold colors that were carried over into the new playground equipment. The garden mural tells a story of Arizona’s rich history depicting images of the state’s Five C’s: Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus, and Climate. The Five C’s were a driving force behind the state’s early economy and still play a strong cultural role today.