Historic Downtown Projects
One Historic Backdrop ... a downtown center rich in history and tradition
The City of Chandler is a vibrant community looking to its past for inspiration for new designs that fit its image as a high-tech community. The goal is to create an urban environment that is pedestrian friendly with architecture and character that is unique. This strategy includes the creation of strategically placed parking structures, covered pedestrian walkways, striking historically inspired architecture, historic preservation and uses that will complement the existing and growing community and marketplace.
Four key site areas have been identified for redevelopment in Historic Downtown Chandler. With the ever increasingly competitive marketplace, it is critical that Historic Downtown Chandler establish itself with a strong identity, both architecturally and with special users and synergistic mixed-use development. Historic Downtown Chandler has distinguished itself as an alternative to the Chandler Fashion Center, 3 miles west of the Historic District. The Historic District benefits from its current unique architecture, the office users, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort and its pedestrian friendly scale.
Click here for a map of Historic Downtown Chandler (PDF).
Sites 1, 2 and 3 - San Marcos Commons
Southwest corner of Arizona Ave.& Chandler Blvd. This site encompasses parts of three blocks. It is part of the gateway from the north leading into the central business district. The project is planned for mixed-use of urban-style residential townhomes, retail, restaurant and office uses with a parking structure.
The developer for the project is Desert Viking, who recently broke ground on San Marcos Commons in late April. The project will be completed in three phases. Phase I includes 79 townhome units that are currently for sale. When completed, Phase II and III will include more than 200,000 square feet of commercial retail and office.
Timeline: Construction of townhomes will begin in 2007.
Click here to visit the San Marcos Commons Web site.
Sites 4 and 5
These sites are bounded by the alley behind the shops on San Marcos Place, Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Street and the San Marcos Estates. Two blocks behind the historic buildings along San Marcos Place is designated for redevelopment. There is not a specific plan in place for the area but mixed-use development is anticipated to complement the current uses located in Historic Downtown Chandler.
Located at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street.
The site is approximately 4 to 4.5 acres. It is located between the central business district and Olde Towne Market Square (group of original Chandler homes dating back to the early 1900s that have been converted to retail uses in a quaint garden setting). A breezeway, which is a joint public/private partnership, links pedestrians from the dynamic historic commercial district to Site 6. The site is planned for future mixed-use redevelopment and will include a 20,000-square-foot municipal historic museum.
Timeline: The City is currently carrying out a Request for Proposals (RFP).
Site 7- 123 Washington Townhomes (First Phase)
This two-block mixed-use redevelopment site located at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard is under the first phase of development with the 123 Washington Townhomes under construction. The 123 Washington Townhomes are 54 urban-style residential townhomes located at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Chandler Boulevard (one block east of Arizona Avenue). The developer is 54LLC a part of Benton Robb & Associates.
The site is being developed in phases to create a dynamic residential/retail/ restaurant/office project that will serve as a gateway into Historic Downtown Chandler.
Timeline: 123 Washington Townhomes will be complete early 2007 followed by the beginning of construction on the second phase after rezoning of the block at the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.
Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District
The City Council approved the Resolution of Intention to form the Enhanced Municipal Services District at the Nov. 17, 2006, City Council meeting. The District was finalized at the Dec. 15, 2005, Council meeting. The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, May 25, 2006, to finalize the Assessment Roll for 2006-07.
Timeline: The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP) will assume management of the District in July 2006.
Chandler Boulevard/Arizona Avenue Intersection Improvement
The Public Works Department is currently widening Chandler Boulevard between California and Colorado Streets. Arizona Avenue is under construction from Detroit Street to Buffalo Street as part of the project. The project also includes widening Chandler Boulevard to six lanes with raised median and turn lanes as required. The project will add landscaping throughout the scope of the project. Construction began June 2005 and will be complete Spring 2006.
Timeline: Completion Spring 2006
Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort was the first golf resort in Arizona, with construction complete in 1913. The resort is a part of the registered historic commercial district of Historic Downtown Chandler. The resort recently completed several renovations to the exterior where the main part of the hotel has been repainted and the main courtyard relandscaped. The lobby was renovated as well.
The San Marcos announced that they will fly the flag of the Crown Plaza Hotels, which is a part of the Intercontinental Resorts Grand, beginning in the Spring 2006. The Crowne Plaza flag brings the "Sleep Advantage" bed package, which includes a pillowtop mattress, sleep CD and relaxation kit to all 295 rooms at the resort. In addition, the Crowne brand brings "The Place to Meet," which enhances meetings and conventions at the resort.
South Arizona Avenue Entry Corridor Study
The purpose of this study is to identify redevelopment opportunities within each of two (2) particular study areas (Study Area "A" and Study Area "B"; see map). The objective is to identify the types of businesses and uses most feasible for development and redevelopment within each study area, together with their site needs (e.g., minimum site area, off-street parking, points of access, etc.). The market analysis for Study Area "B" will also include an evaluation of the impact that the new WalMart Super Center will have upon existing locally owned businesses (WalMart opened in August 2005 at the SEC of AZ Ave/Pecos Rd.). Additional studies are associated with Study Area "B", i.e., evaluating the potential for property assemblage, identifying opportunities for acquiring/developing site(s) for additional off-street public parking, and establishing a palette of streetscape design standards (e.g., facade improvements, landscaping, signage, and lighting), all for adoption by Council. Property and business owners will be involved in all phases of the project prior to forming project recommendations.
Timeline: RNL Design has completed the design charrette phase of the project. A recommendation to the City Council regarding the study will be forthcoming in Spring 2006.
The historic Rowena Theatre building located at 81 W. Boston Street houses the newest addition to Historic Downtown Chandler – di Sciacca. di Sciacca is a specialty retail store featuring mouth blown, hand crafted glassware, unique ceramics and distinctive one-of-a-kind furniture.
After years of receiving calls from individuals who wanted to purchase their specially designed glassware for their corporate clientele through their company OneSource, the Sciacca’s have chosen to open di Sciacca to make their glassware available through a retail shop.
Timeline: Opened Thanksgiving weekend 2005.
City Hall Programming & Site Selection Study
City Council recently approved the hiring of RNL Design to work on the City Hall Programming and Site Selection study. The programming of a new City Hall will determine the space needs for the departments that will be located in the new City Hall. The consultant will recommend 2 to 3 sites in the Historic Downtown Chandler area for the new City Hall. The study will include a strong and proactive public process to gather information from the public and stakeholders in the project.
Timeline: The City Council will hear a briefing on the City Hall Site Selection Study at its May 25, 2006, meeting. A final decision is expected late May or early June.
Hotel Chandler addition
Two-story, 3,000 square foot addition to the historic Hotel Chandler building. The new building is located at 96 West Boston Street. The first floor has retail space availability for 750 square feet for two tenants. One 1,500-square-foot space has been leased to Boston St. Pilates. The second floor executive office space has five executive suites, which are currently being leased.
Timeline: Completed Spring 2006
Bank One Building at 8 S. San Marcos Place
The downtown bank of Bank One at San Marcos Place and Commonwealth Avenue closed in 2005. The building has been sold to Desert Viking and will house more than 7,000 square feet of office and retail uses.
Timeline: Desert Viking plans to renovate the building in the summer of 2006.
Arrow Pharmacy Building
The Reliable Hardware/Arrow Pharmacy building, located at 11 W. Boston Street is available for lease. The 11,000-square-foot building will be renovated into 5 spaces. The property owners have received approval of City funding to renovate the exterior building.
Timeline: It is anticipated that renovations will begin in late summer 2006.
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