MARICOPA — The Maricopa City Council approved a zoning amendment and minor general plan change for what are being called the more affordable Apartments at Honeycutt on Jan. 17.
The land use for the development on about 20 acres at the southeast corner of John Wayne Parkway and Maricopa Casa-Grande Highway changed from employment to high-density Residential and rezoned from Light Industry and Warehouse to Planned Area Development.
In the future, the name for the apartments will change to Overland/Waterman/Butterfield Apartments.
They’ll have access from State Route 347 via Honeycutt Avenue.
The city will construct Honeycutt Avenue to the east and south. It’ll connect and dead-end at the site, providing access to John Wayne Parkway for the site and future development.
This project has eight multifamily buildings: four “workforce rate,” three “market rate” and one “senior restricted.” There’s 574 units and 843 parking spaces.
Workforce rate means renting at those apartments will be income restricted to those levels of income.
Market rate will be on the southern side of the property; workforce rate will be on the north side; and to the right will be the senior restricted.
It has a “main street” concept entrance with amenities such as a dog park, clubhouses for each development, sports courts, tot lots, community open space and more.
This concept is considered a main selling point for the development.
It has decorative string lighting, angled parking with colored concrete stalls, landscaped parking islands and walkways, garden walls and seating nodes, wide concrete walkways and patio connections from residences to walkways and the street.
There’ll be heavy use of solar on top of the carports.
A resident wanted to talk with someone to know what the amenities would be for the senior apartments to support senior living.
Councilmember Eric Goettl congratulated the developers and city staff for seeing an “amazing product” come together and to fruition and felt it would be a “wonderful addition” to the community.
He wondered about the safety of the site.
The secondary emergency access won’t funnel right back into Honeycutt Avenue. It’ll continue along the railroad towards the overpass, where there’s a right of way that comes back down and around.
City Manager Rick Horst said this idea became possible since the city took over John Wayne Parkway, which allows them to control the land underneath the overpass.
They’re hoping to extend the road under the overpass so residents on that side can easily get to the retail area.
He said there’ll be a walkway trail system by the new pedestrian overpass.
Mayor Nancy Smith received a question about the second point of egress for emergency only and how it would be maintained during one of Maricopa’s “super rains.”
Horst said it’s already hard packed. It’ll all be paved eventually.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a minor general plan and zoning map amendment for these apartments on Dec 12.