Kierland Mixed-Use Going to Commission

Credit: City of Phoenix

By Corina Vanek for Phoenix Business Journal

Developers of a proposed mixed-use project on the border of Phoenix and Scottsdale were asked to forgo density and add parking after the Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee recommended approval of the project with conditions in response to input from the community. (AZBEX, May 1)

The development, which is proposed by DMB and Circle Road Cos., is planned to contain approximately 170 multifamily residential dwelling units, 210 hotel rooms and other commercial uses on 1.93 acres along Scottsdale Road north of Kierland Boulevard.

The developer’s original proposal contained 272 residential units, but the committee recommended the developer decrease the density so it would have the same units per acre as the Kierland Optima adjacent to the proposed development.

The developer prepared two project options, one which included a building height of 196 feet. After hearing opposition to the height from area residents, the developer went with a second option with a maximum height of 120 feet, the same as the Kierland Optima.

Those opposing the development praised the committee for lowering the building’s density and dropping the height.

“The decision last night by the village planning committee was a win for the neighborhood,” said Nick Wood, a zoning attorney who opposed the larger development, in a statement.

The committee issued a recommendation of approval to the city’s planning commission, which includes the decreased density and 120-foot height. The commission is scheduled to hear the case on Aug. 2.

Read more at Phoenix Business Journal.

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