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A 231-unit apartment complex is proposed to be built on Butler Avenue and Sawmill Road, across the street from Aspen Place. 

A 231-unit apartment complex and retail space is proposed to replace the Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors facility on Butler Avenue.

Asset Plus Corporation, a Houston-based developer, is requesting the city council rezone the property from light and heavy industrial use to allow high-density residential and commercial uses.

At a community meeting Tuesday evening, representatives from Asset Plus, as well as architects and civil engineers contracted for the project, presented preliminary plans to a group of 15 residents.

The residential portion will be split into two buildings with a “main street” in the middle. Barrett Kirk, the senior vice president of development for Asset Plus, called the main street his favorite part of the project, and said the street will have the ability to be closed off with bollards so events, like a farmers market, could take place on the street.

Sawmill apartment plans

An artist's rendering shows a proposed apartment complex on Butler Avenue and Sawmill Road. 

The residential portion of the property will include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units, but Kirk said the breakdown of how many of each type will be included has not been finalized, and the developer does not know what the final bedroom count will be for the project.

The building will be five stories and reach a maximum height of about 64 feet at the pitch of the roof.

The complex will also include a two-level parking structure with ground level and rooftop parking, which will contain 320 spaces. Surface parking outside of the structure will total 431 spaces.

Mark Lindley, the senior vice president of construction for Asset Plus, said the complex will not be marketed toward students, and the developer is not seeking permission to lease by the bedroom. However, students could choose to rent there.

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“We felt like this was a great place for redevelopment,” Lindley said of the site.

Sawmill apartment proposal

An artist's rendering shows a proposed apartment complex on Butler Avenue and Sawmill Road. 

Asset Plus is under contract to buy the site, contingent on whether the city council grants the rezoning request, Kirk said.

Members of the community at the meeting gave the developer several suggestions, including incorporating affordable housing into the project, opting in to a resource protection overlay, creating a safety plan and incorporating traditional building materials, like sandstone and malapai rock into the building’s façade.

Dawn Tucker, the executive director for Friends of Flagstaff’s Future, also suggested the developer use some alternative outdoor amenity instead of an outdoor pool. Another attendee suggested a children’s playground would make the project more attractive for families.

The group designed the building to flow together with the neighboring Aspen Place development. The development will include extending the FUTS trail on the southern portion of the project.

“We’re all about connectivity, all about community, we want things to flow together,” Lindley said.

The group will be required to hold another community meeting before the project can go to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Kirk said the next meeting will likely take place in the next two to three months.

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The reporter can be reached at cvanek@azdailysun.com or 556-2249.

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City Government and Development Reporter

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

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