By Peter Madrid for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A developer is requesting the rezoning of a vacant lot at 5253 S. Saranac St. in Mesa to make way for a 60KSF, three-story office building.
Granite Field Investments, LLC is seeking a rezoning from LI and LC to LI-AF-BIZ. The proposed project will be known as Saranac Offices and will be owned and occupied by a national exterminating company for its corporate offices. The Site Plan Review is being processed through the Planning & Zoning Board.
The plan is to combine three existing parcels into one. Paved asphalt parking will be provided to include 35 covered parking spaces. Building elevations are enhanced with a combination of tinted glass, scored CMU, stucco and stone. An outdoor employee area will feature picnic tables and umbrella shade.
The property was annexed into the City of Mesa in 2004 and has continued to be used for various industrial uses that existed within the county with buildings and development inferior to city standards.
“This proposal would provide a new, permanent development with an office building that will greatly increase the quality of the area and continue to set a standard and access for new development to the south,” according to the project narrative.
The proposal improves the streetscape along Saranac Street. Access to Saranac has been provided by the retail developments on the west that will allow access for employees of this office to walk or drive to those stores and restaurants. Pedestrian paths have also been provided in appropriate locations.
The western and northern boundaries of the property are commercially developed with retail, service and hospitality uses. Existing industrial zoning is in place to the south.
The project architect is Design Professionals. No project timeline or GC were identified in the submittal.