A developer’s plan to build a community of single-family rental homes was approved Monday night by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Chandler’s Paragon Development Group is seeking to build 151 single-story units on 12 acres at the southwest corner of West Edison Road and North Wilson Avenue. The rental community would be known as Hampton Edison.
The commission approved the site, photometric and elevation plans at its monthly meeting after hearing concerns from a city resident.
With a density of 12.5 units per acre, the community will feature a combination of 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom, 2 bedroom / 2 bath and 3 bedroom / 2 bath units.
Robert Klob, owner of a residential design studio in Maricopa and formerly a member of the Chandler Planning and Zoning Commission, told the commission he believed too many rental projects were approved in a short period of time.
“The challenge I see is that there have been, over the past few months, literally thousands of multi-family units approved in Maricopa,” he said during the public contribution segment of the meeting. “I think our community needs multi-family housing – all communities have it. What concerns me is that so many, so fast, are really going to take a toll on the environment that is here and not allow quite as many opportunities for the sales market. I think the community as a whole needs to look at how to disseminate them. I hate the word moratorium, but I really push back on developers to bring these products more over time than all at once.
Commissioner Bill Robertson disagreed with Klob.
“I am not concerned,” he said. “I think this is part of the big plan and is necessary for the city. They all seem to be happening at the same time, which perhaps makes it seem like it’s a bigger deal than it is.
President Linda Huggins said there are a lot of projects in the pipeline, but not all of them will be built at the same time, spreading the integration of these units into the market over time.
In documents filed with the city, Paragon said the community will have a variety of amenities, including a fitness center, resort-style pool and spa, an outdoor kitchen with a shaded lounge, and a fireplace, a large lawn with a ramada and a dog park.
The homes are designed with private courtyards with patios and will have assigned covered parking with optional detached garages. Interiors will feature high-end finishes, including wood veneer floors, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, and energy-efficient stainless steel appliances.
The promoter has two years to act on the permit after approval. If not, he can request an extension of up to six months or restart the approval process.
Robertson said there is a need for multi-family housing in the city. With the city growing and the jobs that will be created, this part of the real estate mix is critical, he said.
The commission, said Robertson, can only assess whether a proposed project meets planning and zoning guidelines, not whether there is too much of one type of housing – or business – in the area. city.
Commissioner Dan Frank said he was also not affected at this time and that factors other than the city could determine how many multi-family dwellings the city will see in the months and years to come.
“Not at the moment, but I think we could get close,” Frank said. “I think it’s a decision the market will make. Once you start seeing projects dropping below 90% occupancy or whatever magic number the industry uses, that will dictate how many more might come.