Central/Camelback developer has month to convince neighbors

[Source: Michael Clancy, Arizona Republic] — A Phoenix developer has another month to persuade neighbors that his plans for 400-foot buildings at Central Avenue and Camelback Road are sound.  Reid Butler received a continuance for the project.  It will come up for the third time before a subcommittee of the Alhambra Village Planning Committee on June 17, and to the full planning committee a week later.

Planner Marc Thornton said neighborhood groups around the vacant site “have expressed concerns rather than support” for the project, which includes some of the tallest buildings in the city.  Butler’s proposed development would go up on the southwestern side of what village planner Thornton calls “a signature corner.”  The city’s light-rail line cuts across the site, and three buildings would be erected on the northern side of the rail line.

Plans call for 1,000 residential units, 300 hotel rooms, and retail and office space designed to tie in to the city’s transit system.  The site was approved for a height of 250 feet two years ago, and Thornton said the planning department tends to think 250 feet would be appropriate for the area.

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