By Maria Polletta for the Arizona Republic
The Mesa City Council on July 8 approved a revised site plan for 145 single-family homes next to east Mesa community Las Sendas, after several residents who’d lambasted the initial proposal came out in support of the modified version.
The residential development will occupy 23 acres, or about one-third, of a larger swath of land near McDowell and Power roads known as Parcel 51.
The full property for years had been set aside for a business park, until the city in the late 2000s approved a plan reserving the northern piece for 180 condominium units. Ryland Homes later decided to swap the proposed condos for 145 single-family homes, believing the updated plan would attract young families, young professionals and empty-nesters.
Developers were able to mitigate some of that anger by including Las Sendas representatives as they considered and implemented design modifications in recent months.
E-mails from Las Sendas residents had appeared regularly in the council’s inbox in the weeks leading up to the meeting, urging Mayor Scott Smith and City Council members to approve the modified plan.
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