Higley-Ray development gets more town scrutiny

By Cecilia Chan | Gilbert Sun News

Gilbert planning commissioners are expected to vote March 1 on the site plan and other design elements of a mixed-used project that includes 276 apartments after raising concerns last week about its parking, circulation and a dog park amenity.

Council in December approved a rezone of two parcels totaling 15.39 acres at the southwest corner of Higley and Ray roads, allowing developer Mill Creek Residential to proceed with Modera Gilbert despite opposition from adjacent homeowners in the Lyon’s Gate community.

The project includes two buildings along Ray Road, featuring ground-floor retail with three floors of apartments totaling 63 units and underground parking. Two buildings in the rear will house 213 residential units and have frontage for a co-working space and amenities for the renters.

The applicant has made three main changes since the original submittal. One was an administrative use permit to allow for shared parking and another requesting to drop the number of required parking spaces due to a reduction in commercial space, planner Noah Schumerth told the commissioners. Members were acting as the Design Review Board at the Feb. 1 study session.


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February 2023