By Cecilia Chan | East Valley Tribune
A proposal to build 130 rentals at the northeast corner of Val Vista Drive and Knox Road saw a big pushback last week from neighbors who complained about potential traffic, crime and property value impacts.
Over a dozen property owners attended a virtual neighborhood meeting hosted by the developer April 10 on the project pitched for 10.54 acres, west of Crossroads District Park.
“I probably speak for the whole neighborhood,” said Liane Reid, who lives south of the site across Knox Road near 154th Street. “We are all against this and you’ll probably have a fight on your hands.”
However, Reid added that the residents would be more open to a proposal to build each home on a 1-acre lot.
Developer T.K. Stratton is seeking a minor General Plan amendment and rezone of the land, consisting of four parcels belonging to the Reber Family.
Plans call for twin-home-style development with one, two and three bedrooms in a mix of one- and two-story modern architectural buildings: 56 units would have one bed and one bathroom; 64 would have two bedrooms and two baths and 10 would have three bedrooms and two baths. Seventy-four units would be two stories.