By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Springbrook Development has requested approval from the City of Tempe to amend plans for its $80M, 1.3MSF project The Pier (AZBEX, Jan. 15, 2016) along Town Lake.
Original plans called for two conjoined 23-story mixed-use buildings with 551 multifamily units. The requested change now seeks 24-story buildings and 586 units. The amendment also requests a change in planned parking from 1,246 spaces (90 tandem) to 1,061 spaces (216 tandem).
In addition to the increase in the number of stories and residential spaces, the request seeks to change the planned retail space from 17,309SF to 18,511SF.
According to Springbrook’s request, the revisions were necessitated by changes made during the transition from design development drawings to the actual construction documents. During this transition, the structural floor system was changed to a post-tensioned concrete system, rather than the originally planned composite steel joist and concrete.
This resulted in a thinner floor plate, which reduced the originally planned height by 20 feet. The additional floor was added to the design in order to keep the buildings nearer to their originally approved height. Even with the additional floor added, the new building height is 10 feet lower than the originally approved 292.5’.
Tempe’s Development Review Commission approved the tandem parking use permit at its Sept. 13 meeting and referred Planned Area Development and Development Plan Review to the city council to consider at its Sept. 22 and Oct. 27 meetings. The council had approved the original plans in January.
Other than requested amendments, the overall plans for the site and development have not changed.
Most of the building will consist of glass set into continuously wrapping balconies with stone panels at the pedestrian level. All sides of the site will have pedestrian access. Plans call for signature retail, a pool and waterfall, courtyard entries and a restaurant terrace with tiered outdoor seating.
Building sustainability features include a green roof ecosystem, productive agricultural balcony planters, light overall colorings and materials, and heavily landscaped pedestrian shading.