By Parker Leavitt | The Arizona Republic
The New York-based Rockefeller Group is moving forward with a major mixed-use development at Recker and Warner roads in Gilbert that will start with apartments and could later include more than 1million square feet of office and industrial space.
Company executives joined town officials last week in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the first phase of the 156-acre project that may bring hundreds of residents and new jobs to a vacant corner near Morrison Ranch.
Construction on the 402-unit Liv Northgate apartment complex will begin in March, and the first tenants are expected to move in by spring 2014, said Mark Singerman, regional director for Rockefeller.
The 80-year-old company picked Gilbert for the project in part because it sees the community as one of the strongest residential markets in the state, Singerman said.
“It (Gilbert) has pulled more building permits than the city of Phoenix consistently for the last two years,” Singerman said. “On top of that, they have an extremely strong sense of community, great schools, great amenities. It really is an ideal location for a very upscale apartment complex like this.”
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