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Tempe Eyes 1.3MSF Mixed Use Project

Courtesy of City of Tempe

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

In keeping with its recently-announced strategic shift away from master-planned communities in favor of urban redevelopment projects, DMB and a group of partners are seeking to create the 1.3MSF Eastline Village mixed-use community on 13.6 acres on Apache Boulevard west of Loop 101 in Tempe.

Documents submitted to the city include plans for 954KSF residential space, 38KSF office/retail, 11.8KSF restaurant, a 7KSF gym and yoga studio area and 2.5KSF bar space. The project will be developed in two phases, with two main buildings in the initial development and one in the second.

When completed, Eastline Village will provide 688 apartments with 992 bedrooms. There also will be 10 one bedroom live-work condominium units. Parking will be provided for 1,385 vehicles and 736 bicycles.

Apartment configurations will be 444 one bedroom, 184 two bedroom and 60 three bedroom layouts ranging in size from 917 to 1,960SF. Both seven-story main buildings in the first phase will feature 220 residential units and five live-work condos on top of a parking garage and ground floor commercial space. The commercial uses will have frontage on Apache and extend into a plaza between the main buildings.

Onsite residential amenities include an 11KSF resort deck park above the parking garage, a swimming pool and spa, multiple barbeque areas, a gym, outdoor activity spaces and a large gazebo.

K&I Homes’ architectural vision for the design is Bauhaus and International Style-inspired. Materials will include cast in place concrete, and steel, aluminum and glass accents. Wood and woodgrain aluminum siding are prominently featured. Base colors will be desert-friendly neutral tones with extensive use of brass yellow and aqua to create a distinct visual identity.

Further distinguishing the site’s look, the landscape plans call for extensive use of purple-colored plants, flowering trees, shrubs and ground covers. Items in the landscape plan include palo verde, heritage oak and date palm trees, twin flower agave, twisted yucca and purple fountain grass.

In addition to the large volume of bicycle parking, other sustainability considerations addressed in the submittal include high efficiency mechanical equipment and water heaters, energy efficient appliances, LED light fixtures and reduced flow plumbing fixtures.

Phase 1 is planned to open sometime next year, with Phase 2 following in 2025.

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