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Tempe OKs 17KSF Ocotillo Warehouse

Credit: FM Solutions

By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Staff have recommended approval of a plan for a new 17KSF warehouse building to be constructed on the site of the Ocotillo Power Plant in Tempe.

The city’s Development Review Commission will consider the plan at its March 9 meeting. With approval, Arizona Public Service will add the 33’6” warehouse to the 125-acre site, which is encircled by the Karsten Golf Course, Tempe Marketplace, undeveloped property of ASU’s Athletic Facilities District and booming development along Tempe Town Lake.

For security reasons, APS is exempt from public review of infrastructure improvements at the site. But due to the size and use of the proposed building, the warehouse and small office still fall within purview of the commission.

APS is already moving forward with separate plans for an upgrade to the aging complex, having engaged Black & Veatch to manage a $700M project that will demolish and replace two 60s-era gas-powered generators at the plant by 2018 (AZBEX, April 3, 2015).

Separate plans also call for the relocation of the driveway on University Drive and enhanced street front landscape on all three arterial streets surrounding the site.

Project aesthetics and landscaping were part of the normal consideration of the site plan, though the new warehouse – like much of the property – is mostly invisible from street view, owning to the 8’ wall, which surrounds the property.

Once approved, APS will have 12 months to apply for building permits before the development plan would potentially expire.

APS has engaged FM Solutions to design the project. No GC information or timeline information was provided for the project.

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