By Luci Scott for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A multifamily residential development proposed for 4 acres north of the northeast corner of 32nd Street and Shea promises to be a step toward fulfilling Phoenix’s sweeping vision to transform 32nd Street to a magnet for residential and commercial investment and a place where residents can live, work and play.
The proposed urban infill project near the intersection, View 32, would comprise 60KSF consisting of 147 units for a density of 36 dwelling units per acre.
Todd & Associates is the architect and landscape architect. The applicant is Ed Bull with Burch & Cracchiolo, and the owner is M. Diane Hamel Trust c/o Michael Martindale.
A general contractor has yet to be hired, and it was not known at press time if a civil engineer had been hired.
The project is in the early stages of a rezoning request for a planned unit development. City staff has given initial feedback on the project, and a revised plan is expected back at the city within two weeks.
If all goes smoothly, the tentative date for a hearing by the Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee is May 4. Public hearing dates have yet to be set for the Phoenix Planning Commission and the City Council.
Design to highlight Phoenix Mountains Preserve
View 32’s architecture and character have been designed to highlight the view of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve south of the site. The building is oriented north/south to maximize the solar orientation. The height of the building increases on the eastern portion of the site, adjacent to the SR51 freeway.
View 32 is planned as a high-quality, gated, urban development to include about 89 one-bedroom units and 58 two-bedroom units ranging in size from about 723SF to about 1,067SF.
Amenities would include a pool and spa, a 4KSF clubhouse, courtyards and plazas with outdoor kitchens, barbeque area and fire pits, a private dog park, and other gathering and entertainment areas. The clubhouse includes a leasing area, modern fitness center, clubroom, conference room, computer room and mailroom.
The east part of the building includes a podium structure on the ground floor that supports 4 stories of residential units while the building’s west portion includes ground-floor residential units surrounding a pool with 4 stories of residential units.
The south building elevation is U-shaped, framing a ground-floor area with courtyard amenities, creating common space.
The building is contemporary in style, materials and color, which is consistent with the North 32nd Street Corridor Plan’s vision and character of the area.
Balconies are recessed to break up the solid exterior face of the building and to create strong shadow lines that capture the movement of the sun.
The residential units will be wood frame and stucco with accents of metal cladding. There is an accent stucco color and metal balcony railings, which further breaks up the mass of the building, adding visual interest. Interior environments will be kept cool by recessed windows, awning overhangs and steps in the building volume.
Public, private effort to rejuvenate 32nd Street
Continual efforts between public and private entities are expected in the rejuvenation of 32nd Street.
Phoenix plans road improvements to Shea Boulevard between State Route 51 and North 32nd Street, a road diet for 32nd Street, and branding signs at the entrances to the corridor on light poles.
The Shea Boulevard improvement project will re-purpose the one-eighth-mile corridor of Shea Boulevard by reducing the curb to curb width to about 64 feet from the existing width of 94 feet.
Bike lanes would be added in both directions along North 32nd Street and wider sidewalks would be built. The target date for beginning construction is January 2016.
The road diet calls for the removal of one vehicular northbound travel lane and addition of bike lanes on both sides of North 32nd Street between Shea Boulevard and Hartford Avenue.
The project includes a microseal of North 32nd Street from Hartford Avenue to Shea Boulevard except between Greenway and Thunderbird Road, which will receive a rubber overlay. The project is expected to be completed this spring or summer.
The poor quality of the street between Thunderbird Road and Greenway Road requires the street to be milled and resurfaced with rubberized asphalt. The project also includes modifications to several traffic signal poles and the addition of traffic cameras at several intersections.
To bolster the visual identity of the area, the Phoenix Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program will choose artists to work with the community to design artworks to be attached to light poles along 32nd Street from Shea Boulevard to Bell Road. The design process is expected to begin this spring.