Responding to the growing demand for more apartment space in Mesa, Arizona, a Minneapolis-based developer has announced plans for the construction of a downtown lofts project.
The Mesa Arts District Lofts will go up on a 9.7-acre site encompassing an entire city block that was formerly the home to a prominent car dealership.
After the facilities for Brown and Brown Chevrolet were demolished three years ago, the site was viewed by several investors for its residential and commercial possibilities.
The Opus Group has said that it not only wants to build some 345 residential lofts at the site, but also around 13,400 square feet of restaurant and commercial space that could be used for offices, health clubs, and other purposes.
Members of the Mesa City Council have now approved a zoning amendment exempting the lofts project from having to build the retail space only at the ground level.
But city officials point out that the council will in the future be taking another vote on the project as it pertains to the passing of an overall development agreement with the Opus Group.
The company, which has offices in Phoenix, has been extensively involved in a number of multifamily, commercial, and industrial projects, largely in southern Arizona.
By Garry Boulard
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