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A development for a 170-unit single-family rental community, Arise Arroyo Norte, may potentially be a part of the North Valley’s future landscape.

The proposed 16-acre development may be located 400 feet east of the southeast corner of the I-17 and Arroyo Norte Drive. 

The “luxury” rental project “will provide new and more diverse housing options within this area of the city as a benefit to the overall residential character of the area,” according to the application submitted by the Phoenix-based Law Office of David Cisiewski.  

The applicant will host a community meeting on March 31 to discuss the proposed residential development, according to the Anthem Community Council (ACC). 

This meeting was organized by the applicant “in response to comments from nearby property owners” during a March 9 Rio Vista Village Planning Commission Meeting, according to official council information. 

This isn’t a “procedurally required meeting,” however, the applicant organized this to “facilitate further discussion with the community as to various comments and concerns” regarding the project, according to the ACC. 

The ACC did not organize this meeting, but it was placed on its official online calendar after receiving the event information from the developer’s legal counsel, said Kristi Northcutt, ACC’s senior director of community relations. 

Those who wish to participate in the discussion concerning this proposed residential community can tune into the public Zoom meeting. Those who are unable to attend can submit written comments to the applicant at dave@dclawaz.com.

Lisa Gage with FDG Acquisitions is the application representative, and Tom Tait, of AV 203 LLC is the owner.

The conceptual site plan application states the proposed rental community will include 1-, 1.5- and 2-bedroom units with private entries and gated backyards.

The single-story units will be centered around a large “central park” and amenity area consisting of a pool, dog park, cabanas and other small parks and common areas dispersed throughout “to provide easy access to open space for all residents,” it states. 

The structures will consist of an “aesthetically pleasing” cohesive architectural design, it states. The exterior will feature stucco walls, “Barcelona terra cotta” colored tile roofs as well as accent windows and door treatments. 

This will provide an “appealing contrast of color and texture” throughout the development, it states. 

The neutral desert-tone theme will feature accent colors that “not only blend well with the surrounding natural desert landscape but are also highly compatible with the existing residential developments” surrounding the property, according to the application. 

Two single-family residential communities sit on the east and south of the proposed location site and the areas to the north and west are vacant. 

The proposed development is part of a 25.7-acre parcel of undeveloped land. This entire parcel was rezoned in 2007 from a neighborhood commercial and single-family residence use area to an intermediate commercial zone. 

The rest of this parcel will be developed in the future; however, its potential uses aren’t known at this time, according to the site plan. 

This proposed residential community was placed in the far eastern portion of the parcel to provide a buffer between the proposed residences and the I-17 with an excess of 500 feet, it states. 

A masonry wall will be constructed around its perimeter to serve as an additional separation buffer as well, along with a 70-foot-wide drainage channel and a large tract of land. 

These natural and manmade buffers combined with the “substantial separation distance will provide more than adequate buffering of noise and other impacts generated from Interstate 17,” it states. 

There will be uniform lighting fixtures featured throughout the proposed community for aesthetic and safety purposes and residents will have 255 parking spaces, with 1.5 spaces allocated per unit, it states. The entire development will have 275 spaces for its staff and leasing office as well, it adds. 

During a March 17 online public meeting, the city of Phoenix’s planning hearing officer continued the modified conceptual site plan application and corresponding elevations forward to the next hearing, which will take place on April 21. 

In addition, the case is also going to the Rio Vista Village Planning Committee for a potential recommendation on April 13, according to planner Danielle Jordan with the city’s planning department.

—Staff writer Sarah Donahue can be reached at sdonahue@timespublications.com