By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A site in Glendale at 59th Avenue and Butler Drive that has sat only partially developed for 40 years will be reborn as a niche apartment community under a proposal by Visiquest Properties, LLC.
According to an announcement sent to AZBEX and select other outlets by Visiquest Principal Joel Broder, the 6.5-acre site at the SEC of 59th Avenue and Butler Drive was platted for townhome lots and partially developed in 1973 as Las Casas Contentas. The project website says only 20 of the 90 planned units were ever built. The site’s pool was eventually abandoned, and the area has been plagued by trespassing, illegal dumping and other undesirable activities.
After years of other developers considering, but never executing, renovation and consolidation projects at the site, “In January 2018, Visiquest Properties amended the plat to consolidate the 70 vacant lots into a single lot and assemble in a 1/2-acre of contiguous vacant land to the north. This created a clean slate allowing the R-4 zoned land to be developed for 96 two-story garden apartments. The 20 existing townhomes along 59th Ave are part of the plat, but not part of the property,” the announcement states.