By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The City of Scottsdale Development Review Board will consider a new mixed-use project, which will bring a five-story, 77-unit apartment complex to the NWC of Scottsdale Road and Earll Drive.
Developer Cypress Developments, LLC seeks to rezone a pair of commercial parcels and raze three rundown commercial buildings to make way for the new development, to be called L’Esperance. In addition to 107KSF of residential space, the complex will include a 5,225SF commercial/retail space along Scottsdale Road.
The pedestrian-friendly community, located on the southern outskirts of Scottsdale’s Downtown District, is within easy walking distance of bus and trolley routes and is close to numerous cultural, recreational and employment opportunities in the area. Close by, two new developments are already underway in an area of ongoing revitalization in the city.
“At best, the area is one in transition with several new projects underway. At worst, it is an area that is in need of revitalization with many empty or uncared-for buildings surrounding the subject property,” according to the submitted project narrative.
The complex will reach a height of 53 feet and include a range of unit sizes: four one-bedroom, 880SF units; 16 one-bedroom units with 880SF; 13 one-bedroom units with 1020SF; 12 two-bedroom units with 1,200SF; and 32 two-bedroom units with 1,250SF. Residential units will have large, deeply recessed balconies with shade structures to provide passive cooling.
Landscape design will include large plaza areas along Earll Drive, enhancing the public sidewalk and creating spaces for social interaction. Activity areas will include an indoor-outdoor pool area, which will be raised up to five feet above the plaza level. A large gymnasium will feature large windows along the street front.
The developer has engaged Homeward Designs, Inc. as the project architect. No GC or project timeline were identified.