By Tasha Anderson for AZBEX
The Town of Gilbert’s Planning Commission staff received plans for a new multifamily development within Gilbert’s Cooley Station area.
Developer, Continental 472 Fund LLC is requesting to rezone approximately 15.27 acres east of the NEC of Recker Road and Williams Field Road from Gateway Village Center with a Planned Area Development overlay to Multifamily/Medium with a Planned Area Development overlay. They are also requesting an existing land use classification change from Village Center to Residential > 14-25 DU/Acre.
The project, called Springs at Cooley Station, is proposed as a 276-unit “for-rent apartment community” consisting of 10 two- and three-story buildings housing a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units. Plans also call for a 4KSF clubhouse.
The developer proposes to build a traditional multifamily project with ground floor units.
Access to the non-gated site will be from Williams Field Road and Haskell Street. According to the staff report, the project’s design will, “allow some of the front doors to directly interface with the public streetscape and embrace a street-centric design.”
The project will have several landscape and green area around the residential buildings to account for the proposed 45 percent open space.
A voluntary neighborhood meeting was held on June 18th at Gateway Pointe Elementary School. Some of the residents’ concerns included:
- A lack of fencing, particularly on the north side of the property adjacent to a single-family residential neighborhood;
- The original intended use for the site being retail (which the residents preferred to over the proposed plan);
- And an increase in traffic volume by providing access to Haskell Street.
The Town of Gilbert’s Planning Commission heard the request at its August 7th meeting and the project is scheduled to go before Town Council on September 19th.