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Phoenix Council OKs Metrocenter Rezoning

130-acre Planned Unit Development ushers in new era for infill site

Courtesy of Carlyle Development Company

Source: Carlyle Development Company

The Phoenix City Council has unanimously approved a Planned Unit Development (PUD) application for 130 acres in and around the iconic Metrocenter Mall development, located on Interstate 17 between Peoria and Dunlap roads in Phoenix (AZBEX, May, 15, 2015; March 25, 2015).

The new zoning allows for multiple new uses besides retail, such as office, senior housing, multifamily housing and healthcare. It also allows for increased height and density at the infill site, which boasts the highest surrounding residential density in all of the metro Phoenix market.

The PUD encompasses 130 acres, with 83 acres of that occupied by Metrocenter Mall, the adjoining Macys and Sears anchor spaces, and the 10-acre land site of a future Walmart Supercenter.

“This is a landmark moment that we have been working toward for quite a long time,” said Warren Fink, COO of Carlyle Development Company, the owner of Metrocenter Mall. “After several years of collaboration with the City, the community and its leaders, we now have the official green light to redevelop this valuable infill site in a very significant way, first and foremost by bringing in dynamic new uses that will make this a true urban village for Phoenix residents.”

Under the PUD, approved uses at Metrocenter could range from senior housing and multifamily housing to corporate office, healthcare and additional retail, restaurant and entertainment amenities. The PUD allows for a height increase up to 180 feet (approximately 15 stories).

It also allows Carlyle to almost double its current 800KSF of existing space, to a total 1.6MSF. The PUD additionally includes an amendment to the sign ordinance, allowing construction of three electronic billboards along Interstate 17 between Peoria and Dunlap roads.

“I grew up just a few blocks from Metrocenter, which has been an important part of my life and the lives of so many other Phoenix residents,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “It feels good to help this area maintain its vitality as one of our Valley’s most important and recognizable retail and employment areas.”

The balance of the PUD – approximately 45 acres – encompasses land and businesses around the mall loop road, such as Castles-N-Coasters, College of America and the former Sports Authority big box.

One of the first projects to move forward at Metrocenter will be the construction of a 148KSF Walmart Supercenter. The anticipated new Supercenter will sit directly adjacent to Metrocenter Mall, at the site of the former Broadway building. The development, which is in pre-construction, marks the single largest capital investment in Metrocenter Mall in decades.

Other benchmarks on the horizon include the extension of Light Rail to the Metrocenter site. That on-property Light Rail stop is expected to be open as operational by 2023.

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