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The city council Tuesday approved a land use change that moves a 312-unit apartment complex closer to becoming reality. Copa Flats will be located just east of Walmart, and feature 13 3-story buildings with 24 units each. [City of Maricopa]

The city council moved the proposed Copa Flats apartments another step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday night.

The council approved a minor General Plan Land Use Amendment, changing the land use for 27.09 acres at the southeast corner of N. Porter and W. Applegate roads, just north of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, from Public/Institutional use (P) to Mixed Use (MU).

The next step for the proposed project is approval of the site plan, elevations, traffic management, and landscaping by the city’s Planning & Zoning commission. The commission will review the project at its next scheduled meeting Monday, Nov. 8 in the city council chambers at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Minnesota-based Real Estate Equities is seeking to build a 312-unit, multi-family housing development on 13 acres of the site. The parcel contains an additional 14 acres north of the site planned for the apartments, and that land will be retained by the seller for separate development.

The project, tentatively known as Copa Flats, has a proposed mix of one, two and three-bedroom units with the following mix: 48 one-bedroom, one-bathroom units; 108 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units; and 156 three-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

Real Estate Equities’ pre-application shows the project with 13 total buildings on the site. All 13 will be three stories and about 35 feet in height and include 24 units per building.