NE Mesa apartment complex in doubt

The Arizona Republic |
Apr. 2, 2012
by Gary Nelson

“A lonely expanse of creosote will become a frenzy of construction activity on Monday as crews will start building a new freeway that’s expected to spur development in east Mesa.

It’s billed as a groundbreaking, green, sustainable housing development.

But a lot of the neighbors don’t want it. Mesa’s Planning and Zoning Board said no. And now the City Council will decide whether it lives or dies.

The council Monday will be asked to introduce an ordinance for rezoning to accommodate the Verde Dimora apartments on 5.3 acres northeast of Power and McKellips roads, near the Red Mountain campus of Mesa Community College.

As proposed by developer Dan Kauffman, the complex would have 160 units and include a preschool and meditation garden. Kauffman said it would be an environmentally friendly place whose residents would be close to transit and jobs, and who would receive training in energy conservation and other “green” practices.

Mesa’s planning staff recommended approval even though the complex would have fewer parking spaces than guidelines generally allow because of its proximity to jobs and buses. The staff also cited Mesa’s emerging policy of approving high-density residential projects along transit lines.

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