By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
The Santan Motorplex could soon see a new 14-acre Bill Luke automotive dealership under a proposal currently being reviewed by the Gilbert Planning Commission.
The submittal seeks to build a 24KSF automotive retail and 64KSF vehicle reconditioning facility on the site, located near the Loop 202 Santan and South Val Vista Drive. The reconditioning space would be used to process and prepare vehicles brought in by truck, some of which would then be transferred to other dealerships when finished. Accessory buildings on the site would include a small guard house, a car wash facility and hand wash building.
The one-story retail portion, located in the southwest section of the site, would be accessed via a primary vehicle entrance on South Speedway Drive. There would also be a designated pedestrian path south of the driveway from the showroom building to the existing street and sidewalk network.
To the north, the service area would have two entrances, one from South Speedway Drive and one from East Motorplex Loop, enabling transport trucks to traverse the site without having to turn around. This half of the site would be closed off by a 7’ solid screen wall and metal gates.
Parking on the site would consist of 192 stalls for customers and employees, as well as 602 spaces spread across the norther and southern sections for vehicle display and inventory storage.
The proposed building design is similar to Bill Luke’s Phoenix facility, with a covered display area wrapping around the front and sides of the building. After initial review, planning staff suggested breaking up the massing on the service area elevations and disguising the retail building’s front parapet to make the rear façade less visible from the west.
Colors follow a desert palette, with materials consisting of three types of stone, aluminum composite materials panels, exterior finish and insulation system, and painted steel and aluminum.
Landscaping on the site stays in keeping with the rest of the autoplex, with a palette of five types of trees and 15 types of shrubs and ground cover.
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