By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
An underutilized site in Phoenix’s Encanto Village neighborhood is the latest proposed spot for a mixed-use multifamily, retail and commercial development in the city.
To be called “The Local,” the proposed 7.25-acre project at the SWC of 7th Avenue and Osborn Road will see a five-story residential building with retail spaces and an on-site parking garage, according to a Planned Unit Development submission on behalf of owner/developer Trammell Crow Company.
Initially developed in the mid-1950s with a large-format grocery store, the site and surrounding area saw various other businesses come to the area in its heyday. Over time, the economic and physical condition of the area have declined, making the property, “Vastly underutilized for its urban location,” according to the proposal. “The majority of the property is still surface parking and there is little, if any, connection to the surrounding public right-of-way or neighborhoods.”
The redevelopment plan proposes to significantly enhance the area’s vitality and pedestrian experience with new residential and retail uses, improved layouts and modernized landscaping. A portion of the existing curb cuts will be reused or upgraded.
Sidewalks in the area are currently cracked and poorly maintained, and there are no shade trees along the streetscape. The conceptual landscape plan shows trees lining nearly the entire perimeter of the site.
No estimates have been finalized on the overall project square footage or number of units in the residential component. Trammell Crow Company VP, Paul Tuchin explained by telephone, they are considering several plans at the moment, and final sizes will be determined by the extent of adaptive reuse versus needed new construction as the planning and commercial tenant selection process progresses.
The residential component is planned as a five-story wood-framed building with exterior materials consisting of masonry, brick, stone veneer, stucco, and metal fins and panels. Possible amenities include a pool, fitness center and game areas. Parking will be architecturally disguised in a five-level concrete garage, and bicycle racks will be provided on site.