The Tempe City Council recently approved an agreement for the development of 106 acres of City-owned land. Under the agreement, Liberty Property Trust will pay Tempe about $11.9 million to buy City-owned parcels at the intersection of Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway. Initial site work should be complete by fall and construction will start by year’s end on an initial building that would be 60,000 to 100,000 square-feet on 12 to 14 acres. Total build out will be close to 850,000 square-feet and is expected to be home to over 6,000 jobs.
The downtown will soon see a spike in the residential population!
The Hub, located at the SW corner of Veterans Way (5th St.) & College Avenue will open August 2013 and bring in 269 units with 637 total beds. City Council has also approved two other residential developments, which may commence construction by the end of this year. The Lofts at Hayden Ferry, located at Rio Salado Parkway near Mill Avenue, consists of 4-story apartments with a 5th level loft totaling 264 units. This project, developed by Oliver McMillan, will have direct access to the Tempe Town Lake area and a short walking distance to Mill Avenue and the downtown’s amenities. Another project recently approved is The Hanover Project, a 6-story 341 unit residential development. This site is located in the heart of downtown, off 5th Street & Maple Avenue. Yes this is the surface parking lot site, which the project is responsible to incorporate 271 of the parking spaces back into the project by means of a new parking structure. With the resurgence of more residential in the downtown, Tempe is sure to see the continued growth and vision of a 24-hour urban environment that will service the existing businesses and bring in even more goods and services that a walking community needs.
Have your say on streetscape projects by participating in upcoming public meetings for Hardy Drive, University Drive and Broadway Road.
Tempe is holding an open house Feb. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Gililland Middle School, 1025 S. Beck Ave., to talk with residents, neighbors and businesses about projects to improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities and enhance the streetscape on Hardy Drive between University Drive and Broadway Road and University Drive between Ash Avenue and Priest Drive. You can check out the proposed concepts and comment online www.tempe.gov/hardydrive and www.tempe.gov/universitydrive
The city is also holding a public meeting to talk about Broadway Road on Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Community Christian Church, 1701 S. College Ave., to talk about a project to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities while enhancing the streetscape on Broadway Road between Mill Avenue and Rural Road.
Beginning Feb. 25, comment online about the project and view the design concepts at www.tempe.gov/broadwayroad through April 1.