Mark Taylor-Kitchell NE Mesa Complex OK’d Despite Neighbor Protests

Mesa Complex

By Gary Nelson

The Republic

Mesa ComplexMesa City Council served notice this week that protecting residents’ scenic views is not part of its job description in a proposal to allow apartments in north Mesa.

The council approved a General Plan amendment paving the way for apartments on 13 acres at the northwestern corner of Val Vista and Thomas roads.

The request was made by zoning attorney Steven Earl, representing Kitchell Development Co.

Although the land is zoned for industrial uses, Earl said that Kitchell does not believe that any commercial projects would work there because the lot is oddly shaped and constrained by public infrastructure.

Kitchell is working with Mark-Taylor to design a high-end complex that Earl said would provide a suitable gateway to nice residential neighborhoods that are developing in the area.

He pointed out that existing zoning would allow Kitchell to use the site for heavy industry, such as manufacturing, wholesale and warehousing, with no City Council approval. Buildings could be as high as 50 feet, whereas the apartments would top out at 36 feet.

Two residents of the neighborhood just south of the property, however, objected and said they represent numerous others who oppose the apartments.

“I, along with many members of my community, are wanting to preserve the unique area that Lehi has always been,” said Daniel Wilbur. “It has a unique feel, a very farming-type community, very rural.” Continue reading

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November 2013