By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A $40M mixed-use project called Noria featuring architecture similar to the iconic Agritopia will be built on 36 acres on the southeast corner of McQueen and Germann in Chandler.
“It will be similar to Agritopia with an architectural style that is agricultural in nature; it’s supposed to be reminiscent of barns, not red barns like you see in the Midwest, but more like Arizona agriculture – low buildings with big overhangs, lots of exposed structural steel, and stone,” said project architect Robin Benning of Whitneybell Perry.
Chandler expects to see construction drawings soon for a total building area of 354KSF.
There are two components, commercial (mainly retail) of more than 34KSF on 8 acres, and 483 multifamily units in 37 residential buildings on 28 acres.
The complex will have six designs of apartment buildings with 11 styles of units distributed throughout the complex. The apartments range in size from a 730SF one-bedroom unit to a three-bedroom unit of 1,650SF. Buildings will range in height from one to four stories.
Agritopia, a 166-acre mixed-use community in Gilbert, was developed by Joe Johnston and includes a working farm. Although Noria is comparable, Noria won’t have a working farm or farmers market.
Noria will have a clubhouse and recreation center, three pools and lush landscaping at a cost of close to a million dollars.
Developers expect to break ground in June with a 15-month construction period.
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