By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A developer is seeking approval for a Planned Area Development to encompass 63 acres of vacant land at Irvington Road and Interstate 19 (three miles south of Interstate 10) in Tucson. If approved, the proposal will create a massive, multi-phase, mixed-use commercial center to be called Irvington Commercial Center.
Commercial Real Estate Developer Bourn Companies proposes to transform the undeveloped desert land at the NWC of Irvington Road and I-19 into a, “… vibrant commercial development to serve the immediate neighborhood along with visitors and the rest of the region driving along our major interstate system,” according to the submitted documents.
The development will be divided into five areas:
- Development Area 1 encompasses about 11 acres and will be developed with smaller commercial pads with high visibility along the I-19 frontage and access provided by a pair of driveways at existing, signalized intersections, as well as a third driveway.
- Development Area 2 (8 acres) will be located near the SWC of the site and will serve as an extension of Area 1 uses, but without direct roadway frontage.
- Development Area 3 (21 acres) lies at the center of the PAD and will be tied to the other four areas by vehicle and pedestrian circulation routes.
- Development Area 4 (12 acres) lies near the center of the site, south of the proposed spine roadway.
- Development Area 5 (11 acres) is on the far north of the property.
Actual phasing of the five development areas – including the order and boundaries of those development phases – will depend on market conditions and demands. Site improvements will be completed as needed. The Arizona Department of Transportation will be making improvements to the frontage on the east side of the property, as well as providing a sound wall between the site and a residential area to the north, as part of the agency’s Interstate 19 Improvement Project.
The proposed spine road will include an eight-foot pathway to provide vehicle, pedestrian and bike access to the whole property, providing at least two connections to the Santa Cruz Riverpark. The developer will also provide a bus pullout shelter on the westbound side of Irvington Road.
No GC or project timeline were identified in the submittal.
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