Developer seeks approval to build retail on 'challenging' infill site in Mesa

Developer seeks approval to build retail on 'challenging' infill site in Mesa

Article Originally Posted By PhoenixBusinessjournal On October 31, 2021

A developer is trying to turn a “challenging” piece of land in Mesa into several retail shops.

The narrow strip of land is located on University Avenue, just east of Power Road and a QuikTrip convenience store and gas station. The property also has several utility easements on it for Salt River Project, but the owner – ETR Enterprises LLC – thinks it can find uses for the land.

“The site has been challenging to say the least with all of the constraints, but working with the [city] staff we have developed an economical viable and attractive project that will complement the neighborhood with desired tenant services,” the developer wrote in its proposal to the city. “The proposed commercial center is intended to provide a wide range of commercial and service-oriented businesses that will contribute to and serve the needs of the surrounding community.”

ETR, based in Scottsdale, is proposing to build two retail buildings, totaling 8,521 square feet on the site for retail or possibly medical uses. The project would be called Power Village and would use the adjoining land owned by the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management as vehicle access to the proposed development and its parking lot.

John Reddell, the architect on the project, told the Mesa Planning and Zoning Board on Aug. 25 that part of the project will involve landscaping the BLM land, making the site more desirable to look at than the brown vacant lot it is now.

"Part of our enhancement will be the landscaping, watering and maintaining the BLM property that is a brown field right now,” Reddell said during the meeting. “It would have remained that way if we were not coming in to develop that parcel.”

ETR and Reddell have been working with the city of Mesa, BLM and SRP for more than 18 months to figure out how to make the infill project work on this piece of land.
Mesa City Council will vote on Monday, Nov. 1 on whether to approve zoning changes to make the project possible.