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Surrounded by permanently preserved open space, the privately owned land on McMillan Mesa has become a hot spot for development.

Cavan Companies, a Phoenix-based developer, is building the lion’s share of projects on the mesa, and will soon being pouring foundations for another 132 rental bungalow units, mirroring the 23 Cavan developed and has already leased on the west side of Pine Cliff Drive.

“Phase one of the Bungalows on Pine Cliff are already fully leased,” said Allison Macaulay, the marketing director for Cavan Companies. “The dog park and other amenities, like the outdoor barbecue grills are also complete.”

The next phase, called the Bungalows on Pine Cliff Phase Two, on the east side of Pine Cliff Drive and north side of Gemini Drive, will see pouring start for the concrete pads by the end of the month, and then crews will begin vertical construction. The units will be the same style as the first phase.

“We are taking applications and have a waitlist going for phase two,” Macaulay said. “We are getting a lot of interest, Flagstaff is continuing to grow.”

The second phase will also include a clubhouse and swimming pool.

The company is also in the site planning process with the city for a three-story apartment complex on the mesa on the east side of Pine Cliff Drive, south of Forest Avenue.

“We submitted a site plan to the city for a multi-story apartment,” Macaulay said. “It will be like our other developments, very high end.”

That apartment complex will have garages for residents and will be “integrated outdoor living with the FUTS trail,” she said.

“We really value how much people in Flagstaff want to be outside,” she said.

David Cavan, the founder of the company, said last summer that the company owned the land for about 14 years before beginning to develop it. The company owns several other parcels on the mesa, including portions without any development yet.

Along Pine Cliff Drive, the Cavan properties surround the Flagstaff Senior Meadows, an apartment complex for senior citizens, and the newly opened Welbrook Transitional Rehabilitation facility. The facility provides care for senior citizens receiving post-hospital or post-operative care.

The facility is part of Utah-based Welbrook Senior Living. The Flagstaff location opened in late 2017.

East on Gemini Drive, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona will hold a grand opening celebration May 3. The hospital will provide specialized rehabilitative services for those who are recovering from or living with disabilities caused by illnesses, injuries or chronic medical conditions.

The hospital is a member of New Mexico-based Ernest Health.

Basis Flagstaff is in the middle of an expansion that will nearly double the size of the campus. The expansion will add classrooms, a gym, a new playground and more parking. The construction is supposed to be finished in October.

Cavan Companies is also working on another apartment complex on the east side of Flagstaff near Purina. That project is in concept planning with the city, and is expected to be three stories with a portion of the building devoted to affordable housing. The complex will have a clubhouse, pool and volleyball courts, and FUTS trail connections.

This story has been corrected to reflect the correct location of Ernest Health.

The reporter can be reached at or 556-2249.


City Government and Development Reporter

Corina Vanek covers city government, city growth and development for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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