Buckeye Planning Commission approves downtown apartment plan

(Photo via City of Buckeye)

By Jason W. Brooks | Your Valley

BUCKEYE — By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the site plan for a 216-unit downtown apartment complex.

The Buckeye Roers Downtown Site Plan will change the area around the southwest corner of First Street, marked as Miller Road, and Monroe Avenue, or MC 85. The complex wraps behind the U.S. Post Office, with a built-out single-family subdivision behind the 12.3-acre site.

The applicants, Roers Cos., was running three applications concurrently with the city of Buckeye. There is the site plan approval, a downtown commercial zoning recommendation from the commission at its Oct. 26 meeting and an application to subdivide the property and dedicate right-of-way that is currently in review and scheduled to go before the Buckeye City Council on Oct. 19.

James Riley spoke on behalf of Roers Cos. The three-story complex will be Roers’ first project in Arizona. After Commissioner Ted Burton asked why there were no elevators planned for any of the three-story buildings, Riley replied that keeping construction costs down on the nine-building complex was a priority.

“This is really intended as workforce housing,” Riley said. “It’s catered toward the folks having a tough time finding housing in Maricopa County. We’re targeting the 60% AMI (area median income) level, such as first-year teachers, health care workers and folks just starting out in the workforce, making between $33,000 and $50,000 per year.”

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