City and county officials joined ASD staff to break ground on its new independent living facility. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

AIDS Services of Dallas broke ground on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for its new independent living facility at 511 N. Lancaster Road. The units will house ASD residents who no longer need the assisted living services provided at Hillcrest House, Ewing and Revlon, but still need affordable housing.

ASD CEO Traswell Livingston credited Don Maison for having the foresight to purchase the property. Maison, who retired a year ago, had a stroke last fall. He was at the groundbreaking using a walker.

Commissioner John Wiley Price said he’s been fighting this fight with the community for 25 years. He said ASD turned the neighborhood into one of the hottest real estate markets in Dallas.

Councilman Chad West called it a great day for affordable housing in Dallas and Commissioner Theresa Daniel said an event like this is one of the best parts of her job.

The renovation of the property will create 12 one-bedroom units. The additional construction will add four more. The renovation is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Dallas needs an additional 20,000 affordable housing units.

— David Taffet