Hotel, conference center proposed for Price Corridor

The Republic |
Michelle Mitchell

Plans for the next phase of Allred Park Place on the Price Road Corridor include a hotel, conference center and business park.

The zoning and development plans were scheduled to be considered by Chandler’s Planning and Zoning Commission on March 19, but the commission agreed to delay a vote until its next meeting. Nearby property owners had questions about traffic patterns and the architectural design, including building heights, and the developer wanted to address those questions before requesting city approval, said Chandler Planning Manager Kevin Mayo.

The city did not receive notice of any formal opposition to the project, according to planning documents.

The project includes three properties totaling about 73 acres on the northeastern and southwestern corners of Price and Willis Roads.

This request is the first to come forward since the city received a consultant’s report on future standards for the Price Corridor area.

The majority of the Allred Park Place property is just north of the employment corridor and reflects the first recommendation of that study, that projects should create a campus-like environment.

“The proposal will provide a strong statement for the visual beginning of Price Corridor that will serve as an example for future development proposals,” according to a memo to commissioners.

The proposal asks for buildings as high as 150 feet on all three properties. The designs submitted set a conceptual architectural standard but could change based on future tenants’ needs, Mayo said.

“They kind of set the bar architecturally and say it’s going to be as good or better than this,” he said.

The proposal includes an eight-story Drury Inn and Suites on the property northeast of Price Road and Spectrum Boulevard. An eight-story conference center and employment buildings are proposed southwest of Willis and Price roads.

A traffic study was done based on a more intense use of the property than is proposed and shows that when streets are fully developed, the current traffic backups will be mitigated, Mayo said.

“The concern today is valid. Armstrong Way fails today because it’s only half built,” he said.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the two other items on its agenda.

One item would allow a development near Chandler Municipal Airport to add a medical office.

The property, west of Cooper Road and south of Loop 202, has city approval for general-office and adult-education uses.

The Mayo Clinic intends to open a medical office in about 5,000 square feet of an existing building on the site, according to planning documents.

The commission supported a request for a public charter school, Champion Academy, near the northwestern corner of McQueen and Frye roads.

All items considered by commission go to the City Council for final decision.

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