After months of construction, LUCHA is excited to formally announce the completion of Tierra Linda’s first site and welcome its first tenants! Tierra Linda is a sustainability-oriented affordable development, bridging affordable housing with green technology.
With staff on hand to welcome three families into their new apartments, the March move-in day was special for several reasons: it celebrated the increase of healthy, affordable housing stock on the Northwest side, and was the kickoff to welcoming the first of over 40 families who will come to know Tierra Linda as “home.” After a lease-singing at LUCHA’s main office, each family made their way over to the site, where all were greeted by Tierra Linda’s bright yellow doors and dazzling new interiors.
The move-in was particularly special for LUCHA’s Director of Affordable Housing, Charlene Andreas, who has been with the organization since 2010. Having joined the staff while LUCHA’s Borinquen Bella rehabilitation was underway, Andreas had yet to oversee the entire process of building development, including consultations, land acquisitions, and project development. “I’ve seen this project from Day 1 until now, leasing up tenants and move-ins, and I’ve been reflecting on all the hard work we did to get the support and funding for Tierra Linda.”
Senior Property Manager Aviance Dorsey noted that the goal now shifts from leasing and move-ins to ensuring that tenants thrive in their new homes. Andreas added that she wants to see tenants “become an integral part of these communities and involved with LUCHA’s gardens and Health & Wellness initiatives.”
For more pictures from move-in day, check out our photo album.