Commercial developments to greet new members of council Tuesday

Maricopa City Hall
Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

On an evening when newly elected members will be sworn in, Maricopa City Council has several items of business on its Tuesday agenda.

That includes possibly changing the plans for Stonegate, a mix of residential and commercial between Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and Alan Stephens Parkway. Sketch Architecture Company is asking for an amendment to the planned area development (PAD).

The 46 acres are in four parcels. It underwent a major PAD amendment just last year, but no building permits were issued.

Sketch expects to have single-family homes, mid-size and small businesses and possibly apartments on the lot. The requested amendment was previously recommended by the Planning & Zoning Commission.

The developer describes Maricopa Stonegate as “a loosely-integrated, suburban, mixed-use community that utilizes pedestrian systems, architecture, landscaping and streetscape themes as common unifying elements.”

The council will also look at changes that occurred in the “Maricopa Station” section of the Heritage District in 2020. That included cleanups, demolitions, improved and renamed streets and new solar streetlights. The changes were made in anticipation of the area being redeveloped as a marketplace and civic gathering place blended with residential.

The consent agenda, with items expected to pass with one vote, includes the city purchasing 4.18 acres of commercial land north of a future hospital for $2.1 million. Urban Storage Maricopa LLC had purchased the land this year from Shaun Ridge LLC.

But during the groundbreaking for Exceptional Healthcare’s planned community hospital just south of the property, City Manager Rick Horst said the city had found another property for Urban Storage elsewhere, so Exceptional Healthcare would have room to expand north. The city is selling 10 acres of vacant land at Estrella Gin Business Park to Urban Storage for $1.3 million, an item that is also on the consent agenda.

The development of commercial land at Copper Sky is on the consent agenda. Shea Connelly Development is seeking a final plat for its plans to build senior-housing facilities.

Being sworn in Tuesday after being elected or re-elected are Mayor Christian Price and councilmembers Nancy Smith, Bob Marsh and Amber Liermann. Smith is currently vice mayor, and the council is set to vote on a 2021 vice mayor at the end of the agenda.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.