Mesa Independent Article on Cadence Construction Plans

The Mesa Independent reported in an October 22 article that residential, commercial and mixed-use businesses are to be constructed on 18.1 acres on the southwest corner of the Crismon and Williams Field Roads in the Mesa community of Cadence at Gateway.

Cadence is on 464 acres that was formerly part of the General Motors Proving Ground, generally bounded by Ellsworth Road to the west, the Williams Gateway Freeway alignment (State Route 24) to the south, Signal Butte Road to the east and the Powerline Floodway Channel and Ray Road alignment to the north.

“The Mesa Planning and Zoning Board voted unanimously in a consent agenda with other items to recommend that the City Council approve the Development Unit 3 plan, at the southwest edge of the Cadence development, within the Pacific Proving Grounds North Community Plan, also known as the Cadence Community Plan” writes Independent Editor Richard Dyer.

Planner Lesley Davis said it’s the last development unit that’s going to be presented before Cadence is finished with the area.

“They (Cadence) are required to come through and get this approved before they can send in site plans to anything within the development, and that’s all established through the community plan,” Davis said. “This will allow for single-residence, multiple-residence, commercial and mixed-use development.”

Board member Jeffrey Crockett asked at the meeting how much of each type could be developed.

“With these units that we’re approving there’s flexibility for the developer to establish the mix of uses there,” Crockett said. “As I read the development plan for that unit, it looks like it could be all residential or all commercial. Do we know anything about the mix that we anticipate there or is that totally up to the discretion of the developer?”

Davis said there is some flexibility for the developer.

“Most of their commercial is located at Ellsworth and south of Ray,” Davis said. “This has always possibly had a commercial component… [with] access to the freeway and such. I don’t know what they are going to come in with for the site plan in the future, but it does give them the flexibility to be able to have some multi-family in that location.”

Susan Demmitt of Gammage and Burnham PLC is the applicant; and PPGN-Williams LLLP is the owner.

According to a Cadence at Gateway plan from Harvard Investments, development unit 3 is likely to develop with moderate to high-density single-residence homes, with the option to develop with a multi-residence development.

“DU3 also offers the ability for limited neighborhood-scale and other non-residential uses; however, given the limited vehicular accessibility along the street frontages, it is anticipated DU3 will develop with residential uses,” the Harvard Investments plan states.

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