Project Overview

A Pre-Application Request has been made for a proposed Development Application to rezone a portion of the property at the northeast corner of 64th Street & McDowell Road. This will become the home of 64th Street & McDowell.

The entire property is approximately 30 acres and the redevelopment area to be rezoned is approximately 23 acres. This redevelopment area is bordered by 64th Street on the west, McDowell Road on the south, zoned and improved Open Space on the north, and zoned C-4 but improved as Open Space on the east. The Arizona Crosscut Canal borders the open space on the east.

The request is to rezone the approximately 23 acre redevelopment area from C-4 to Planned Unit Development (PUD). The current C-4 Zoning District allows for heavy commercial activities including light manufacturing, warehousing, wholesaling and vehicle sales. The existing buildings on the site were car dealerships, but they have not been operating in that capacity for several years and the property has been underutilized during this time.

The proposed PUD Zoning encourages mixed-use development – office, retail, hospitality, and multi-family residential uses that promote a mix of day and nighttime activities. The location of this site lends itself to this type of redevelopment and the 64th Street & McDowell project would revitalize an area that currently sits vacant and does not contribute to the surrounding neighborhoods.

The 153-foot wide-open space plus east-west alley on the north separates the redevelopment from the adjacent Hy-View residential neighborhood. This open space area will be retained and improved based on the neighborhood input. It creates a buffer from the adjacent neighborhood of approximately 165 feet to the property line of the neighbors to the north. The residential neighborhoods to the east are buffered by approximately 83 feet of open space in addition to the Crosscut Canal and (typically) 66th Place. The distance from the proposed PUD to the closest neighbors on the east varies from approximately 182 to 230 feet. The development standards of the PUD Zoning, regarding building height and setback from residential neighborhoods will be met with the new development.

The design intent is that the buildings will include articulation of the façade to create architectural interest. The materials and color palette for the buildings will be influenced by the unique landscape elements that surround the property. The architectural character of 64th Street & McDowell will be influenced by mid-century modern architecture in its desire to blend organic materials and modern elements in a clean, contemporary way. The goal is to create an environment that encourages mixed-use development while enhancing the surrounding area.