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North Phoenix Next in City’s Building Boom

Trellis on Bell, at 12th Street and Bell Road, is a development that will include both retail and residential components. Credit: Evergreen Development

By Brenna Goth for The Arizona Republic

Central Phoenix’s building boom is spreading north.

Developers are planning hundreds of new houses and apartments in the North Mountain and Deer Valley areas, including a 31-acre community full of restaurants and retail. A few projects broke ground in May with more slated for the summer.

Stretching from Northern Avenue past Happy Valley Road, the zones are seeing some of the same building trends as the central city, said Alan Stephenson, Phoenix Planning and Development director. Projects are filling in vacant parcels among existing development, or clearing land for new uses.

North Phoenix construction includes more single-family homes than the abundance of condos and apartments in downtown and midtown, Stephenson said, though both reflect people’s desire to live more centrally in a sprawling city.

North Phoenix ‘starving’ for housing and retail

One of the largest projects coming to the area is Trellis on Bell, a mixed-use development at 12th Street and Bell Road.

Plans include nearly 100 homes, restaurants like Raising Cane’s and Kneaders Bakery and more than 300 apartments. Crews recently broke ground on the first phase.

Evergreen Development bought the 31-acre parcel more than a year ago when it was a semiconductor manufacturing plant. A full demolition gave the company the rare opportunity to start from scratch on a large site, said Laura Ortiz, managing principal of Evergreen Development.

The company also will soon break ground on hundreds of market-rate apartments, with completion anticipated by 2018. Ortiz said many of the tenants could already live in north Phoenix and be looking for an upgrade.

A new Fry’s Marketplace, revitalized mall

A handful of other retail and residential projects are slated for the area.

Fry’s Marketplace is replacing an existing north Phoenix store with a location near 12th Street and Bell Road. The city is considering a proposal for Metrocenter Mall that would allow more uses for the struggling shopping center, like offices and housing.

Plans filed with the city show a 95-home community called Lookout Mountain Estates near Third Avenue and Greenway Parkway.

Read more at The Arizona Republic

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