New garage signals first sign of Overstreet project in downtown SanTan Sun News

New garage signals first sign of Overstreet project in downtown

New garage signals first sign of Overstreet project in downtown
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Santan Sun News Staff

Visitors to downtown Chandler now have a new place to park after the first structure of the much-heralded Overstreet project opened.

A five-floor, 350-stall parking garage was opened at the northeast corner of Oregon and Buffalo streets earlier this month, marking a major step toward making the $25-million Overstreet project a reality.

The garage “will serve the thousands of daily shoppers, diners and moviegoers who will make Overstreet the essential Chandler entertainment hub,” developer LGE Design Build said in a release.

After Overstreet opens, the city will lease the garage — providing free parking and eliminating street parking in the downtown area.

“As we bring exciting new businesses like Flix Brewhouse to Overstreet and the downtown Chandler neighborhood, we expect to draw a crowd,” said Wayne Bell, president of LGE Design Build. “We saw it as our responsibility to build a garage that would cater to Overstreet customers while also helping eliminate surface street congestion.”

Opening of the garage coincided with the start of Chandler’s free downtown shuttle, “Wave.” The five-passenger electric cabs will take downtown visitors anywhere along the route in Chandler’s historic square.

Bell said, “We saw it as our responsibility to build a garage that would cater to Overstreet customers while also helping eliminate surface street congestion.”

“This is Chandler’s first downtown parking garage located on the west side of Arizona Avenue,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “These additional spaces will continue Chandler’s tradition of providing free parking.”

The new shuttle service will pick people up from the new garage and three others in the area and take them to destinations in and around the downtown square. It will operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m. The vehicles can be hailed by calling 602-730-5153.

The impetus behind the shuttle service is a wave of development that is the elimination of more than 200 surface parking spaces on the so-called Site 6, vacant property located south of Chandler’s historic square. The five-acre parcel across from City Hall is slated for hotel, office and commercial buildings and is now called New Square.

The 77,000-square-foot Overstreet project will be built along the south side of Chandler Boulevard between Arizona Avenue and California Street and will include restaurants, and possibly retail and a fitness center.

Overstreet gets its name from the large-scale skywalk that will rise above the destination’s entrance. There will be 20,000 square feet of upper level office space.

Phase One of the New Square project will be a 50,000-square-foot, three-story office building at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street and a one-story building along Arizona Avenue, across the existing alley from Peixote Coffee.

The office building will feature a first floor with a mix of restaurants, retail space or service uses. The second and third floors will each comprise about 16,200 square feet of Class A office space. The anticipated rate is in the $30 per square foot range.

Phase Two — at the southwest corner of the site, along Chicago Street — will be a five- to eight-story office building with between 75,000 and 108,000 square feet. The size and construction date will be determined according to demand.

The project also features north-south and east-west pedestrian corridors to connect the project to the rest of Downtown Chandler.

“The north-south connection will run from the breezeway next to Saba’s all the way to the Local and the Perch,” architect Mike Perry of Chandler told a gathering of downtown business owners several months ago. “The east-west connection will go from the City Hall to the new parking garage.”

The developer has also included an event lawn across from the city hall and a small community stage in the center of New Square.

Downtown Chandler Redevelopment Manager Kim Moyers, who was at the same meeting, said the city is proceeding with its plan to build a parking garage on the west side of Oregon Street, south of Boston Street.

“We’re going to do it all at once, with 930 spaces,” Moyers said. “We expect to break ground in October or November and have it done by October or November 2019.”

Special to SanTan Sun News

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