Planning commission approves new 240-unit apartment complex

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DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

As housing rental rates continue to climb, the Glendale Planning Commission approved plans for a proposed new 240-unit apartment complex near Camelback Road and the Loop 101.
The commission unanimously approved the plan during the June 7 meeting and the plan will now be forwarded to council for final approval.
The new complex is located near the corner of Camelback Road and 95th Avenue and is currently owned by Lowe’s, which was going to build before agreeing to sell the property to P.B. Bell, the developer of the apartment complex. P.B. Bell also developed apartment complexes in Aspera, near 75th and Loop 101. That development opened two years ago.
The property was rezoned Thursday from planned commercial to high-density residential, which is 12 to 20 dwelling units per acre. Camelback 95, the proposed complex, would offer approximately 17.2 units per acre.
“The applicant is requesting a general plan amendment and rezoning near the existing Copper Falls to allow for (apartments),” Glendale Planner Dru Maynus said. “The 13.95 acre site currently consists of vacant land and has been vacant for over a decade.”
Applicant representative Ed Bull of the law firm Burch & Cracchiolo showcased the previous properties that P.B. Bell had developed, including Aspera.
“This is a vacant infill site that has been designated commercial for over 13 years and has never been developed,” Bulls said. “This site will offer residents plenty of shopping within walking distance and would have 46 percent open space within it.”
Multiple residents spoke against the complex during the planning commission meeting.
“Our property backs up to this development and I have a couple of issues,” Arlene Lichtenberger said. “Most of us in the Copper Cover area have invested over $300,000 for our homes and I am afraid this development will lower our home values.”
Lichtenberger added that with the completion of 95th Avenue from Camelback Road to Maryland Avenue by University of Phoenix Stadium will bring in added traffic.
“My other concern is the added traffic from 95th Avenue that will make our roads even more congested. That, and with three-story buildings, we will all lose any view of the mountains from our homes,” Lichtenberger said.
Bull said the development would offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and would give more housing opportunities the city is seeking.
“There’s a lot of goals and policies that we’re achieving here, including providing a variety of housing types and styles and options, particularly in close proximity to the (Loop) 101 and employment and retail and other services that people can either make a short drive to or bike to, maybe even walk to,” Bull said.
Maynus said a neighborhood meeting was held at Copper Canyon High School and most attendees were supportive of the project, with any concerns addressed and solved during that meeting.

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