By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Some developers are beginning to see value in the power of light rail to draw business and residences to Uptown Phoenix and redeveloping under-developed Central Avenue sites. Alliance Residential is building another of its Broadstone brand with a residential complex adjoining a 20-story office tower.
The 10-acre site—mostly surface parking—north of Osborn Road between Central and Second avenues wraps around a 60s-era high rise at Central and Columbus avenues. The zoning action to move the Broadstone Central transit-oriented development forward will also reclassify the office tower to become a conforming use for the first time since it was built. The Phoenix Planning Commission approved the action Tuesday.
Alliance plans a four-story residential structure with 192 units combined with above- and below-surface parking. A new parking structure will replace the surface lot along Second Avenue. The residential units replace surface and covered parking along the property’s south boundary.
Designed by the Office of Rich Barber Architecture, LLC, the complex will be built by Alliance’s in-house GC. The design includes both conventional residential units, and a number with mezzanines that raise and lower the buildings’ rooflines for visual variety.