By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Mesa City Council will consider a plan that will subdivide the last portion of the Mulberry Master Planned Community. If approved, Mulberry Parcel #5 will transform 27 acres of native desert into the Arbor Collection of Homes, adding 148 single family residences at the NEC of Crismon and Guadalupe roads.
The plan revises an approved rezoning from Aug. 2014 that would have created a high-density development on Parcel #5. Instead of the previously approved 15 dwelling units per acre, the plan will bring an average of 5.5 units per acre, staying with SFRs instead of a multifamily option that would have brought duplexes and townhomes to the community.
The 148 homes will comprise only 60 percent of Parcel #5. Further site plan approval will be required for any future development of the remaining 17 acres of the parcel.
The watchword for the community’s design is individuality – the developer’s vision would create a neighborhood that appears organic and varied, rather than the cookie-cutter look common to many master planned communities. To achieve this goal, the project incorporates four different product plans with three different elevations in each to create a dozen unique elevations.
“The Architectural focus and vision of Mulberry Parcel #5 will evolve from Architectural Styles such as, Cottage, Bungalow, Tuscan, Farmhouse, Tudor, Country, Spanish Mission, Craftsman, Traditional, Country French, and Early California. The objective … is to attempt to create a street scene that appears as most homes were individually built by different builders on a lot-by-lot basis,” according to the developer’s submitted narrative.
The large lots feature garages at the back of the house with vehicle access via alleyway and at least half of the homes will have large covered porches. Separated by fences, each lot will feature a large “back yard” along the side of the property.
The streets will be lined with vintage-style streetlights and trees with wide, detached sidewalks, which will be separated from the curbs by irrigated planter strips.
The community will include two common-use park spaces and a landscaped retention area at the SWC of the property, which provides additional open space. Open spaces and pocket parks will be linked with trails to create a walkable amenity and sense of community.
Having been approved by Planning & Zoning, the development plan next goes to City Council for consideration at its March 22 meeting.
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