Current and Upcoming Projects Around Downtown Chandler
Chandler has many exciting projects revitalizing downtown and the surrounding areas. City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager Kim Moyers shares some of the new and innovative projects taking place.
“It’s an exciting time to be in Downtown Chandler,” says Moyers. “The city council’s vision is to create a balanced downtown with a mix of multi-family, office and retail/entertainment. We are fortunate that we have projects happening in each of these sectors.”
Alta Steelyard Lofts opened in the past year and is a success with 90 percent of their 301 units already occupied. The complex has an industrial, urban feel and is built on the foundation of a historic steel fabrication facility. It’s located within walking distance from nightlife, dining and entertainment.
Alta San Marcos is a 273-unit complex currently under development off Chandler Boulevard. This site is owned by Wood Partners, the same company behind Alta Steelyard Lofts. The first phase will be done at the end of the first quarter in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of that year.
DC Heights will be located in the heart of Downtown Chandler between California and Essex streets and Boston Street and Commonwealth Avenue. They plan to begin construction on the 232-unit apartment complex in the first quarter of 2018.
Retail and Entertainment
Overstreet, a 77,000-square-foot space for entertainment and businesses, is underway and should be finished in the first quarter of 2018. The project includes a new 350-space parking garage, which will offer free parking. Overstreet’s second story is reserved for office space while the ground floor will include retail, restaurants and Arizona’s first FLIX Brewhouse, a cinema brewery.
Chandler 87 is a huge office space being developed across from City Hall on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street. Currently, only three percent of Chandler’s office space is vacant. The goal of this project is to offer corporations and businesses more Chandler-based options. When the project is finished it will offer 169,000-square-feet of office space, surrounded by up to 10,000-square-feet of retail. The parking garage will have between 800 and 1,000 spaces.
Restaurants are popping up around Downtown Chandler, either filling empty retail spaces or being built from the ground up. Some of the highly anticipated ventures set to open this fall include Even Stevens sandwich shop, a sports bar called Local Chandler, Puro Cigar Bar offering premium cigars, craft beer and spirits, and West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse.
Adaptive reuse projects utilize shared spaces or an older site originally designed for another purpose. The former ICAN building at Washington and Chicago streets will be transformed into two concepts: The QuartHaus and Civic Market. The QuartHaus is a brew house that will share the property with a separate building called Civic Market. The front building will offer breakfast and lunch. The back building will be used for evening entertainment. Both businesses will share an active outdoor space. FLO Hot Yoga & Cycle will repurpose the former NAPA building on Frye Road. These smaller projects should be open in late fall 2017 to early 2018. Also, the Hidden House is on track to open in 2018 and will feature comfort food in an open-air concept with live entertainment and opportunities to hold special events in the barn.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park is at the heart of the original town square in Downtown Chandler. The city’s goal is to make the area usable for residents and visitors by becoming a destination location. A master plan is currently underway and is projected to be completed by the end of the year.