By Connor Dziawura for West Valley View
The Gates at Goodyear Ballpark is coming soon. The new high-rise condominiums are set for a spot adjacent to Goodyear Ballpark.
The idea has been forming for the past two years, according to Andra Fair, CEO of Fair Development. The idea, he said, was given to him by his land partner, David Byrd, who owns and operates several hotels in Goodyear.
The plan was adapted from a previous mixed-use development of Fair’s that he said was shelved.
“What we did was that we took the components from my mixed-use development and we put it right there,” he said.
It will feature 80 residential units, with office, dining and retail space below. Noting Arizona’s heat and long-lasting sunlight as motivations, Fair also plans for the structure to be energy independent and efficient, with the goal of residents having net-zero energy consumption. One feature is that residents’ units will have what Fair describes as transition glass, which darkens when exposed to sunlight.
“What that does is that it reduces the energy consumption from heating and cooling, so you don’t need to have window treatment,” Fair said. “On the inside of the units, it’s as clear as your windshield on your vehicle, but on the outside, as the sun’s out over the building, it turns as dark as your smartphone screen glass when it’s off.”
The development also involves Sonnen home energy storage systems, so each unit will have two solar-powered batteries, allowing residents to go on or off the grid, he explained.
Planning is ongoing, but Fair said he hopes to get the ball rolling in the coming months.
“Our goal, actually, is to start construction at least by the beginning of the summer or maybe end of the spring,” Fair explained.
Before that, however, he is looking to organize a black-tie gala at the ballpark in March, which he says will feature a 3D model of the planned high-rise.
Read more at West Valley View.
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