By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Known as Sterling at Silverleaf, the project will be a 72-unit condominium community on 5.88 acres located at Legacy Boulevard and Thompson Peak Parkway. The two companies are in escrow to purchase the property from current owner Sterling Collection, LLC. DMB had owned the property previously and served as the developer of both DC Ranch and the existing Silverleaf properties.
The specific development process for the DC Ranch Town Center was established in 1998 and included a mix of retail, commercial, office, employment and residential uses. The new development narrative states, “The Sterling at Silverleaf project will fulfill the original vision of the Town Center and is designed to provide one of the last major components of the Town Center mix of uses – high-quality urban residential in the activity center.”
Described in the request as, “(the) final layering of luxury products in Silverleaf,” the proposal reduces the unit count for new condo residences to 72 from the previously approved 213. The prior plan had encountered significant opposition from existing area residents who were concerned about the density and building heights, as well as a proposed commercial component that has since been eliminated.
Architecture for the eight-building community will complement the scale aesthetic of existing developments in and around DC Ranch and Silverleaf, with elements of the Mediterranean and Southwestern styles already prominent in the area.
Buildings will feature a heavy base at the ground level that will enclose the parking areas. Each building will have either two or four units per floor, accessible by elevator in the entry towers.
Open space is not required on the property; however, the plans call for 2.3 acres of open space in the development. There is an existing park at the end of Legacy Boulevard, and also a formal park at Sterling’s entrance, which opens to a view of Tom’s Thumb in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve via Horseshoe Canyon.