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Mesa Considers MOU for Mixed-Use Project

Courtesy of City of Mesa

By Peter Madrid for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The Mesa City Council will consider a proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) to enter into exclusive negotiations for development of the NWC of Country Club Drive and Main Street. The MOU would have a period of three months and includes criteria for a three-month extension.

The proposal includes the construction of a five-story, 218KSF mixed-use building consisting of 200 market rate residential units and 16,500SF of retail/commercial space in two phases. The first phase would consist of 80 residential units and 16KSF of retail/commercial space. The second phase would consist of 120 residential units.

The proposed residential mix would be four three-bedroom, 62 two-bedroom, 92 one-bedroom, 39 studios, and three live/work units. Onsite amenities include a pool, fitness room and club room.

CPLC would act as the master developer and the for-profit subsidiaries of CPLC, La Causa Construction and Tiempo Property Management, would perform construction and property management, respectively. Total investment in the project is estimated at more than $40M.

On Oct. 28, 2015 the City of Mesa released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of the NWC of Country Club and Main Street. On Jan. 7, 2016, it received one qualified proposal from CPLC.

A selection committee consisting of three city staff and one representative each from the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and Downtown Mesa Association reviewed the proposal against criteria specified in the RFP and unanimously determined that CPLC’s proposal met the review criteria.

The review criteria included consistency with adopted plans and policies, return and benefit to the City of Mesa, qualifications and experience of team, business plan/pro forma, and financial capacity to deliver. CPLC and the City of Mesa completed a preliminary neighborhood outreach campaign that included two neighborhood meetings, presentation to the Mesa Grande Community Alliance, and online comment form.

“The partnership provides the City of Mesa with an opportunity to increase downtown vibrancy with the addition of 200 new market rate housing, new retail opportunities, and potential for creation of 110+ new jobs in a $40M development,” according to the City Council notes. “The prominent, gateway location in an authentic and revitalizing downtown, light rail, and the opportunity to enhance unique, artisan retail opportunities are some of the assets highlighted by CPLC in responding to the RFP.”

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