[Source: Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic] — A Phoenix developer wants to put up a trio of buildings at Central Avenue and Camelback Road that would rival the tallest buildings in the city. But neighborhood opposition is likely to reduce the project to levels that were agreed upon two years ago. Reid Butler, known for his downtown projects, will take the plans to the Alhambra Village Planning Committee, possibly in time for its May 27 meeting.
Butler’s proposed 400-foot-tall buildings would go up on the southwestern side of what village planner Marc Thornton calls “a signature corner.” The vacant site has the city’s light-rail line cutting through it, and the plans for the buildings envision a pedestrian- and transit-friendly approach to their development. City Councilman Tom Simplot said the designs are attractive and responsive to issues of mass and scale that have caused other projects to fail. But the location will be a problem, Simplot said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]