On Google Maps, the intersection of 83rd and Olive avenues looks pretty dull.
The map shows Circle K on the southeast corner, nothing on the other three corners, though a Valero gas station is near the northwest corner. On the southwest side, there is empty space from the corner to the AMF Peoria Lanes bowling alley.
That is about to change, as developers are looking to roll strikes on every corner.
The biggest project is Empire Village at Pioneer Park, a massive development that is soon to be just a gutter ball away from the bowling alley.
According to the developer’s preliminary plan, “Village at Pioneer Park will contain an approximately 332-unit, one-story, predominantly detached residential development that will be an attractive presence in the area.”
Empire recently started construction work on the 30-acre site.
According to documents provided to the city, “Empire’s proposed development plans for an upscale, unique, medium-high density community is an appropriate land use on this vacant and underutilized infill site because it provides an appropriate transition from the existing single family homes south and west of the site to the existing commercial use northwest of the site.”
Amenities here are to include a “resort style pool and spa area,” community/fitness center, dog park, outdoor gaming areas, community and individual garden plots, and open space.
Just over a year ago, Peoria City Council gave tentative green lights to Empire as well as Hancock Communities across the street.
On the northwest side of 83rd and Olive, Hancock has approval on plans for 188 units on 18 acres. Hancock also has started preliminary construction.
Another 75 homes are planned for the southeast corner of 83rd and Olive avenues.
The intersection is 5 miles from the Peoria Sports Complex and P83, which should be selling points once the homes are built. The neighborhood is highlighted by Pioneer Lake, Pioneer Community and Roundtree Ranch parks.
The Empire Group is creating similar developments in Goodyear (The Villages at Pebble Creek) and Phoenix (Villas at Baker Park).
In planning documents, Empire said the Peoria development will have an “Arizona ranch” theme:
“A thematic corner feature at Olive/83rd Avenue corner will include replicas of wagon wheels and a trellis to reinforce Pioneer Park and advance the semi-agrarian theme of this development.”
Hancock’s website is already promoting the Bungalows on Olive:
“This gated, 153-unit community is comprised of 50 attached one-bedroom apartments and 103 detached two- and three-bedroom apartments—all single-story. The design concept combines elements of a single-family residential development with the perks and conveniences of an apartment complex, including: 60-foot pool with spa; open turf area with benches and dog wash; ramada with fireplace; interior walkways and courtyards.”