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Tempe OKs Big Student Housing Project

Courtesy of City of Tempe

By Matthew Roy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The City of Tempe Development Review Commission has advanced plans for a mixed-use development, which will encompass 295 residential units in two towers, as well as restaurant, retail, office, classroom and church uses. The submittal approved on April 12 was the fifth submitted to the city for this development since October of last year.

A group of four owners have formed Maxwell Tempe, LLC and will develop The Maxwell on College at 712 S. College Ave., along with the expansion of All Saints Newman Center. The L-shaped, 1.89-acre parcel – itself a compilation of seven smaller parcels owned by the four owners – is divided into Site A and Site B. The four owners of the group include: College Enterprises, Inc., College Street, LLC, All Saints Roman Catholic Newman Center Tempe, and Sabas Brothers Rentals, LLC.

An existing building on Site A will be demolished to make way for the two residential towers, one of 18 stories and a second of 20 stories, with a three-level parking garage included. This residential component will serve students with a total of 944 beds and a height of 224’.

Previous plans for Site B, approved in 2008, were for a 22-story student housing tower, worship hall and chapel, but this development was not constructed. A 2010 approval led to the development of a new chapel, social hall, while classroom and residential components were not constructed. Site B now will get a new four-story building to be constructed on the NEC of the site. The height for this building will be 46’,

Site B includes existing structures – the historic St. Mary’s Church, which was completed in 1903, as well as a sanctuary and social hall – which will not be modified in this project. The church is listed on both the Tempe Historic Property Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.

Retail components of Site A will create a frontage along 7th Street and College Avenue. A new restaurant will front College Avenue on Site B. Site A buildings will be built of contemporary design to complement other tall structures in the area, with facades of glass, steel and concrete, while the first three building levels will incorporate brick veneers to tie into the existing historic structures.

The submittal did not identify a GC or project timeline.

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