The astonishing vision just after the turn of the century and the reality some 20 years later are dramatically different. Witness Asante and the surrounding area.
This residential development, just north and west of the intersection of 163rd Street and Grand Avenue, has been dormant for almost a decade. One of the large planned retail developments near the entrance of Asante, purchased by New York-based Kimco Realty in 2007, is the developer’s original plan for a large outdoor retail center that is increasingly being executed. I was stuck because it became less likely.
“This site has been repeated many times. Kimco is a national retail developer building a huge shopping center in the area.” Land for Phoenix-based law firm Withey Morris PLC Utilization and Zoning Attorney Adam Baugh said:
101 acres of retail has been abandoned. Last year, Withey Morris and client Kimco announced an 85-acre residential development and a 15-acre commercial renovation project.
But few housing was what the area wanted as new housing flooded the area without corresponding road improvements, traffic jams and frustrated residents. may have found a happy medium in a 51-acre commercial development and a 50-acre residential development.
“If you live in Asante, you don’t actually have to walk past that light,” Bo said. “You can’t build 101 acres of commercial property here. This region can’t handle it.”
Gateway at Asante is located southwest of the intersection of 163rd Avenue and Pat Tillman Boulevard, just south of Barclay Group’s Asante Marketplace and adjacent to Fry’s Marketplace store, which is scheduled to open earlier this year.
Baugh said the design will include retail on West 163rd Street, starting just north of the Grand intersection, and occupying most of the frontage of Tillman’s subdivision. Retail surrounds a cottage-style community of just under 300 units sharing boardwalks and park spaces.
Further south and west are parcels zoned for low density residential use and the southern end of the parcel will be zoned for commercial use such as professional offices, medical office complexes and technology businesses.
“A lot of people have contacted me about this space,” says Baugh.
Lloyd Abrams, Director of Surprise Community Development, said in an email that the developer has submitted potential amendments to the Asante Planned Area development, which will meet with the Planning and Zoning Commission on February 16 and the Surprise City Council on March 7. It has stated that it will be provisionally submitted to
The main change in the plan is the rezoning of the southern half to R-3 Residential and C-3 Commercial.
The northern half is meatier and likely to go first. Baugh said the goal was to promote walkability and a seamless transition from the cottage to the retail area.
It begins with a planned park in a development center built by HOA, but open to the public.
The trail replaces the perimeter fences at the western and southern ends of the development. An outdoor patio and small park area will be located next to the residential development.
“This integration is achieved by softening the boundaries between residential and commercial areas,” Baugh said.
He said Kimco is mindful of the housing boom in the area. He also said he is mindful of the fact that if Asante’s Gateway is approved, Dollar would be just his third retail development in the vast area, after General’s story and Asante’s Marketplace. Stated.
Retail center targets include secondary grocers such as Natural Grocers, Aldi, Sprouts and Whole Foods, emergency medical facilities, eye doctors, sit-down restaurants and drive-thru.
“Being able to add housing developments close to big employers is one factor,” says Baugh.
The 2021 Asante Marketplace announcement spurred the project, but Loop 303’s primary employer played a bigger role.
Baugh said the Asante gateway is about 15 minutes away from the new Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which is under construction just west of Interstate 17 on Loop 303.
Withey Morris and Kimco find that TSMC is buying an entire 300 cottage unit near 163rd Street and Happy Valley and leasing it to workers. And when the number of employees in and around the factory increased from 20,000 in the beginning to he 80,000.
“We don’t want to be ahead of the commercials in our homes,” says Baugh.