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350-Unit Mixed Use Coming to Central PHX

Rendering courtesy of City of Phoenix

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The City of Phoenix has issued permits for the 350-unit multifamily, mixed-use Crescent Highland project to be built on the southwest corner of 16th Street and Highland.

The six-story, single-phase infill project is located on five acres.

This section of town has lately become a hotbed of infill development. The 4-story, 244-unit Escape Modern Living multifamily complex is under construction immediately north of the Crescent Highlight site, and Investment Property Associates has announced plans for a 13-acre, 500-unit combined multifamily and senior living project half a mile north at 16th Street and Colter (AZBEX, July 14).

The project owner, Crescent Communities, also owns the Crescent Scottsdale Quarter at N. Greenway Hayden Loop and N. 73rd Street.

Crescent Highland will feature one- and two-bedroom apartments, 8,000SF of ground level commercial space facing 16th Street, and a parking garage for residents and visitors.

The project is intended to complement the trend toward live/work/play in the area and will feature pedestrian-friendly streetscape features, such as shaded walkways and sidewalks, structural overhangs, awnings and trellises. Use of public transportation will be encouraged via accessibility to bus transit lines along 16th Street and Camelback, with bus connection to light rail.

Building height will vary between four and six stories to promote visual appeal through varied scale. The design’s staggered heights, cantilevered balconies, and a long horizontal water feature are intended to give the complex a distinct aesthetic that will serve as a visual gateway to the neighborhood while integrating with the area’s existing structures.

Landscaping at the site is planned to feature desert-friendly plantings in a mixture of mature trees for shading and visual appeal, as well as accent shrubbery and plants.

As sustainable design is an ever-increasing goal for urban infill developments, Crescent Communities has included plans to seek a bronze certification under the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Among the targets included for this project are:

  • Lot design and development with regionally appropriate landscaping and within half a mile of public resources and public transit
  • Resource efficiency through pre-fabricated building components, use of recycled materials and the recycling of construction waste
  • Energy efficiency including ENERGY STAR appliances, high-efficiency HVAC and third-party inspection of air sealing and installation
  • Water efficiency measures including water conserving shower heads, fixtures and toilets
  • Indoor environmental quality features such as formaldehyde-free carpeting and high particulate HVAC filtering, and
  • Management and maintenance staff training on the project’s green filters to ensure ongoing performance.

On-site amenities will include an 8,300SF clubhouse and leasing space, a fitness center, club room, outdoor courtyard with pool, fire pit, outdoor kitchen and barbeque area, and bicycle parking.

Construction will commence in November 2015 with completion planned for May 2017.

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