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New 162-unit rental complex OK’d near Loop 202

March 12th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
New 162-unit rental complex OK’d near Loop 202

By Kevin Reagan
Staff Writer

Chandler City Council has approved plans for a 162-unit rental complex along the Loop 202 Santan Freeway on the southeast corner of McQueen Road.
Council voted 6-1 to approve Scotts-dale developer Snowden McQueen’s preliminary plan for Elux at McQueen, a 13-acre community with duplex-style rental homes, a 3,624-square-foot clubhouse and pickleball court.
The developer said other amenities will “create a close community by providing a creative space for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy together” and that “cohesive pedestrian connectivity throughout the development reinforces a desirable lifestyle.”
The project will include 108 one-story units and 54 two-story units, each with an enclosed backyard. About 40 percent of the units will be one-bedroom apartments and the rest will comprise two or three bedrooms.
Developers say they intentionally designed Elux’s units to resemble single-family homes – “which creates a diverse housing market without introducing a development so different as to be inappropriate or incompatible with the existing neighborhoods.”
At the same time, the developer said the project’s high density is appropriate to the area, which is “adjacent to employment uses to the west…and is in close proximity to the airport and future transit center at Arizona Avenue and Germann Road.
“The development also creates visual interest on the perimeter through an attractive perimeter wall, architectural facades, a creatively designed entryway, and a well-planned open space and amenity area,” the developers said, adding:
“These casita-style homes address the needs of modern families. The homes will be built with energy-efficient and sustainable construction technology.”
Elux is estimated to generate about $840,000 in tax revenue for the city over a 10-year period.
Though Elux appears to conform with the city’s General Plan, some council members were concerned about the project’s design and location.
Councilman Terry Roe, who voted against the project, said he had concerns about Elux’s close positioning to a busy freeway and the impact it might have on traffic patterns.
“This piece of land is complex because it’s been cornered and, on some level, that’s because of (previous) planning,” Roe said.
A traffic analysis shows Elux would have a smaller impact on the city’s traffic patterns than a 1,000-square-foot commercial building constructed on the same 12-acre parcel.
Developers are required to install a traffic signal at the McQueen Road and Armstrong Way intersection.
There was no neighborhood opposition to the project and the city Airport Commission saw no impediments to airport operations.
“Based on the maximum allowable building heights, the proposed development does not appear to pose a hazard to flight safety or be an aerospace obstruction,” a commission memo states.
Buildings are to have a maximum height of 30 feet.
Vice Mayor Mark Stewart attempted to delay a vote on Elux’s plans after expressing concerns about the project’s number of parking spaces and what he called inadequate open space.
“There’s some work that needs to be done here,” said Stewart, who lost his delay effort and voted to approve the development anyway.
The construction of new single-family homes has notably been on the decline in Chandler for the last decade, while multi-family housing has been rising continuously since 2013.
The arrival of some rental complexes has not been welcomed by some Chandler residents, who feel multi-family housing devalues their neighborhoods and brings in unsavory characters to the community.
Last November, residents unsuccessfully tried to stop plans for a multifamily complex near Gilbert and Riggs roads.
Snowden McQueen said the angst some Chandler residents have about multifamily housing prompted them to be strategic about Elux.
They purposefully placed the development on a parcel of land that was in a relatively central location of Chandler and designed Elux’s units with an aesthetic that should blend in with nearby neighborhoods.
“A community with tasteful modern architectural design and themes that complement the surrounding developments, assures that Elux at McQueen will be a valuable asset to the city and immediate area,” developers stated.