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Affordable housing community transforms Nogales, Sonora

Posted at 8:11 AM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 14:34:28-04

Nogales, Sonora is seeing an increase in small homes changing the landscape and attracting people to live along the border in affordable housing. 

"When you get along the border especially along the south side there have always been serious infrastructure problems not the least of which is affordable housing," said Mike Hammond, the CEO of PICOR Commercial Real Estate.

He says Nogales, Sonora has been a magnet for United States companies. 

As more companies settle across the border, he sees a growing middle class in Mexico looking for work and affordable housing.

Nestled a couple of miles along the U.S.- Mexico border is Puerta de Anza.

The tiny homes average about $15,000 to $20,000.

About 5,000 homes currently sit on a 2,500-acre property with a grocery store, community centers, and more developments are on the way. 

Some residents say they are living here because its close to work, and they enjoy the solar powered lights and free wifi in the park.  

"This project gives a reason for somebody to move to the border and take one of those jobs because they have a nice place to live," Hammond said.

The developer says they plan to add industrial companies, retail, and office space, and hopes one day there will be a third border crossing through the Kino Springs area into the community to bring more business to Nogales, Sonora.