A project that could see the construction of 245 luxury apartments in north central Phoenix as well as two dog parks, a pool, and a fitness center, is being seen as a response to a local market demand for higher-end residential units.
But the project has also sparked the opposition of nearby residents who live in mostly one-story early 1950s cement structures that are illustrative of post-World War II ranch house style construction.
The Alta Marlette complex, proposed by the Atlanta-based Wood Partners, would go up on a currently vacant 3.9-acre L-shaped stretch of land inside a larger city block near the intersection of E. Maryland Avenue and N. Seventh Street.
According to city documents, the project, described as a “multi-family and office” development, would be designed in a brownstone, row house style, but will require the approval of a Planned Urban Development rezoning because it exceeds the current 130-unit limitation for the site.
Nearby residents and members of the Phoenix Mid-Century Modern Neighborhood Association say they are opposed to the project because its size would far exceed in height the homes that currently dot the surrounding neighborhoods.
Those homes, although not large in size, are valued for their sleek and modern look, and priced on the market for anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million.
Members of the Phoenix City Council are expected to take up the project’s rezoning bid at their meeting on December 13.
Wood Partners specializes in high-end, luxury apartment complexes, with properties currently up and running in Denver, Phoenix, and San Francisco, among other cities.
By Garry Boulard
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