Glendale will see more rooftops as the City Council approved a number of new housing developments during the Aug. 14 meeting.
The council approved Camelback Village, Northern Ridge Estates and Copper Cove Commercial Center unanimously.
The total amount of housing approved amounts to 240 apartments in Copper Cove, as well as 109 houses in Northern Ridge Estates and Camelback Village.
“I happen to live within a stones throw of (Camelback Village) and there are approximately 2,500 new homes that will be built in this area in a short time in Glendale,” Mayor Jerry Weiers said. “It is exciting to know that maybe we won’t be the seventh largest city in Arizona but maybe we can get back up to fifth or higher.”
Camelback Village, to be located near 83rd Avenue and Camelback Road, will have 53 lots in a gated community. The homes will be on lots between 7,000 and 9,700 square feet in size, and the area will consist of nearly 22 percent green space.
“The larger lots will be located on the northern edge of the development,” Planning Administrator David Williams said. “The builder will also have to add acceleration and deceleration lanes off of Camelback Road for access to the community.”
Copper Cove, near 95th Avenue and Camelback Road, would add 240 apartments to the area after being vacant land for nearly five years. The developers P.B. Bell, which also built Valaire Aspera, will construct the apartments on 14 acres of land that is part of the Copper Falls Commercial Center.
“Anyone who know me knows I am against apartments, I hate them. However, in this case, this is a parcel that is directly across from businesses,” Yucca Councilmember Joyce Clark said. “This property was going to be a Lowe’s, but it never happened, and it is destined to remain vacant and I was very impressed with the developer’s plans.”
Copper Falls Commercial Center, which was originally approved by the council in 2008, originally included numerous mixed-use development for such land uses as home improvement stores, restaurants, professional and business offices, financial institutions and retail stores.
The apartments will include five buildings, with a mix of one-, two- and three-story buildings that will include 96 one-bedroom, 112 two-bedroom and 32 three-bedroom apartments. The development will also add 464 parking spaces and 64 garages.
The developer will also add amenities that include one large resort-style pool area that will be comprised of cabanas and ramadas, a whirlpool spa, outdoor kitchen areas, a fitness center, a park area to include a play structure, bocce court, bag toss, ping pong tables and a dog park.
“This project is consistent with several city goals and will provide economic viability to the community by developing an underutilized infill site,” Williams said.
The final plat approved, Northern Ridge Estates, is another infill project that will add 56 lots in a gated community near 83rd Avenue and Northern Parkway.
“This property was rezoned last year and is an infill project on land that was originally proposed for commercial property,” Williams said. “The plat for the property is 56 lots on an average lot size of 5,700 square feet in size.”
Clark, who normally fights for larger lot sizes in this area, said the future Northern Parkway expansion makes the land access limited.
“This parcel is just south of what will eventually be Northern Parkway, and the developer had to give a large piece of the property for a buffer for the construction of the parkway,” Clark said. “It was originally zoned commercial, but with Northern Parkway allowing no access to this corner land, the applicant has found a way to use it and I totally support this action.”