By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Central and Pierson will see two new mixed-use buildings totaling 467 residential units and 19,748SF of commercial and retail space under plans submitted to the City of Phoenix by developer Omninet.
Omninet – East, on 2.08 acres at the northeast corner of the intersection will have 181 multi-family units and 4,758SF of retail and commercial space. Omninet – West, on the northwest corner, will feature 286 units and 15KSF of commercial and retail on 3.53 acres.
The buildings will feature five above ground levels and two underground parking levels. Existing buildings on the properties will be razed to make way for the development.
In their submittal, Omninet claims the infill “development will provide a walkable, urban environment across the street from one of the most heavily used Light Rail Transit Station(s) in the Valley…, provide life-work opportunities in the ‘Uptown’ area and promote light rail ridership.”
The development will specifically incorporate aspects of the city’s Walkable Urban Code passed in July. It also will address other Transit Oriented Development strategies and Reinvent PHX goals. These strategies and goals include building live-work facilities near light rail stations, providing neighborhood amenities like retail outlets, and making alternative transportation methods a convenient option for new and existing residents.
Amenities and features will include bicycle parking, drinking fountains, benches, sidewalks and public art installations. Shading will be provided by a combination of landscaping and architectural features. Surfaces will include a mixture of wood, metal and stone veneers. Residential units will be available in studio, one- and two-bedroom configurations.
Omninet officials have confirmed no general contractor or timelines have been established yet. Architectural services are provided by Encompass Studio.