By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Following revisions requested by the City of Tempe’s Development Review Commission, Crescent Communities has submitted updated plans for its proposed Crescent Rio development at 1st Street and Lakeside Drive.
The commission recommended the revised plans for approval, and the city council will hold an introductory review meeting this week.
The 3.2-acre development is proposed as a five-story multifamily project with one level of below grade parking and two above.
The street level will include five live/work units, a pool, fitness center, clubhouse and leasing office. Originally planned for 361 units, the revised plans now call for 356 to accommodate DRC concerns about the height and density of the project. In addition to the five live/work spaces, the various floor plans will offer 56 studio, 201 one-bedroom and 94 two-bedroom units, ranging from 543 to 1301SF.
Plans call for the development to be built to NGBS Bronze certification levels, a standard for Crescent Communities’ properties. Features will include heat resistant roofing, high efficiency lighting, energy efficient doors and windows and desert-sensitive landscaping to minimize water use and mitigate heat absorption.
The building surfaces will include painted stucco and metal finishes, decorative stone veneers, and wood siding to help visually identify the leasing office and amenities areas.
Landscaping includes desert willow, palo verde and mesquite. Date palms will be in the driveway median to denote the entry point.
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