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Attending the ground-breaking ceremony at Liv+ Union Peak are, from left, Eric Johnston, Beth Heath, Heidi Arave-Noonan, Jean Constantine, Kip Linse and Scott Brooks. (Liv Communities/Submitted)

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Liv Communities breaks ground in Norterra

Liv Communities broke ground on a 55-and-older-qualified rental community in Norterra. 

The upscale community, Liv+ Union Peak, 25400 N. 21st Avenue, Phoenix, will boast 145 units and will be ready for occupancy in late summer/early fall of 2024.

“Building on our extensive background serving all ages with unparalleled hospitality and wellness centered services, Liv is excited to bring our purpose of ‘helping people live fuller lives’ to an underserved group of 55+ adults,” says Heidi Arave-Noonan, Liv Multifamily vice president.

Active adults can choose from apartment style-homed or larger, upgraded casitas. The community offers 8 acres of vacation-style living, attractions and adventurous activities including a clubhouse (The Hub), a pool house (The Cabana), a private dog park (The Bark Park), outdoor spaces for yoga, swimming, pickleball and overall relaxation/well-being (The Rec) and a state-of-the-art gym (Liv Fit).

“We understand the desire to stay vibrant longer, while enjoying life with others that share your passions and energy. Liv is thrilled to enter the 55-plus age-qualified housing space with our focus on mind, body, spirit health and community centric programs designed to help people thrive and live life to its fullest,” Arave-Noonan says.

The community was designed by Todd & Associates (architect) and is being built by MT Builders (general contractor) with Envision Interiors taking the lead on interior finishes. All apartment homes will feature smart home technology with energy efficient appliances and offer the convenience of lock and leave for those residents with a jet set lifestyle.

Info: 1-844-liv-here or email

In the back, softball players Mark Kosalas, Scott Cole and Gary Franklyn, and, in front, Angels in the Outfield, Christy Burton, Louisa Glaviano and Donna Laufer. (Sun Cities Senior Softball Club/Submitted)

Athletes ‘pitch in’ to help families

The Sun Cities Senior Softball Club and the Angels in the Outfield asked its members and the community to “pitch in” donate toys for various schools and families directly and through the Sun City West Women’s Club and Eve’s Place.  

The clubs collected over $9,100 in the form of 28 bicycles, 29 bags of toys, cash donations and gift cards during the three-day drive held last fall at Sun City and Sun City West softball fields.