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New Beulah Boulevard apartment complex in the midst of construction

New Beulah Boulevard apartment complex in the midst of construction

Trailside development

Elevation plans for the Trailside development currently under construction at the corner of Beulah Boulevard and University Heights Drive. 

Construction began earlier this year on a new multi-family apartment complex at the corner of Beulah Boulevard and University Heights Drive.

The 111-unit project, called Trailside Apartments, has been in the works for years by the New York-based developer Chason Affinity Companies.

Chason has owned the project for about six years and has been working to develop it throughout that time, said Chason CEO Jeff Birtch.

In that time, Birtch said the company also built the Mountain Trail Apartments, about half a mile away at the corner of Forest Meadows Street and Highland Mesa Road.

Once completed, Birtch said, Trailside will be similar to Mountain Trail Apartments. That development has about 160 units and was completed two years ago.

Birtch said the company had been waiting to see how successful the Mountain Trail project turned out to be before getting started with construction on Trailside.

“We just wanted to see how successful that was, and it was instantly successful, so then we began our plans to build [Trailside],” Birtch said.

Taking up about four acres, the 111 units will be split into a handful of two- and three-story buildings. Birtch said they are planning to manage the development as a traditional apartment complex as opposed to one focused on students and as such, residents will rent out whole units and not individual rooms.

Because of this, the largest units are two-bedroom, two-bathroom, according to city documents. There are 48 two-bedroom units, 51 one- bedroom and studio units, and 12 carriage houses, which are more separated units with one bedroom, one bathroom and a garage.

The development also includes a clubhouse with a hot tub and a public cooking area, and Birtch said residents should expect the appliances and finished apartments will be somewhat nicer than what one would normally see at a typical apartment complex.

The outside of the buildings will have the look of a mountain lodge.

“We would like to think that [Trailside will be] a little more upscale than an apartment complex. If you were to drive by mountain trails, you would be able to see the kind of products we produce and it would be similar to that one,” Birtch said.

Birtch was unable provide the price range they are expecting for Trailside before publication, but 10% of the units are dedicated as affordable housing and will be rented to families at or below 80% of Flagstaff’s median income.

Birtch said the development should be open by the end of next August, with construction finishing shortly before that.

The development went through a rezoning process which a previous council passed in 2013, changing the zoning from parks and open space to high density residential.

Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.


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