Last month, Phoenix-based Rowland Luxury Homes was selected to complete the long-stalled Chateaux on Central, a high-end housing development on Central Avenue, north of McDowell Road in downtown Phoenix. MSI West LLC purchased the project in March for $7 million. McGraw-Hill reported the original construction value at $20 million in 2005.
Then, a couple of days ago, Vulcan Real Estate, the Seattle-based developer headed by Paul Allen (Microsoft’s co-founder), purchased the $35-million Tempe Gateway, which had been completed last year but sat empty as a result of the Opus West bankruptcy. The eight-story project sits at a prime location on Mill Avenue, right next to the main Tempe Light Rail stop. Read our project profile of Tempe Gateway during construction here.
Tempe Gateway (left) next to a Light Rail station. The historic Hayden Flour Mill is in foreground, right. Photo: Patti Reznik Photography
Construction on the first and second towers began in September 2005. One tower includes 176 condominiums and the other 188, with floor plans from approximately 500-sq-ft studios to 2,800-sq-ft-plus, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath homes to penthouses with over 7,200 sq ft. You can read about the construction prior to the project’s shutdown in our January 2008 article here
Centerpoint Condominiums, Tempe, sits unfishished. Photo: CAPS
Officials at Vulcan Real Estate told the Arizona Republic that the firm is looking at other properties in the Phoenix market, saying that Phoenix has good growth prospects and is poised for a rebound. No word if they are one of the 75 looking at Centerpoint, though.
The firm is also making headlines in our sister publication, Northwest Construction, which I also edit. In fact, Vulcan’s Amazon.com headquarters in the massive South Lake Union development is the cover story of this month’s issue, which you can read here.
Vulcan Real Estate is developing Amazon.com's South Lake Union headquarters. Phase four of the project is pictured above. Photo: Michael Walmsley Photography
HOTEL MONROE I wrote about this $75-million project back in July 2008 here. At the time it seemed a fantastic addition to downtown Phoenix, but it was also a victim of Mortgages LTD demise. Prospects of a re-start are very dim.
Hotel Monroe in downtown Phoenix was to become an art deco-inspired boutique hotel. Photo: Scott Blair
Elevation Chandler now only serves to elevate the blood pressure of Chandler officials as the city's most visible eyesore. Photo: Scott Blair
Hayden Flour Mill -- the Valley's original frozen project, sitting idle for nearly 50 years. Photo by CAPS
Needless to say, with the collapse of the developer’s condo project, the flour mill redevelopment never proceeded. It’s almost quaint to read our optimistic opening sentence in our January 2008 story on the project, when times were better: “The new Hayden Flour Mill will be great grist for booming downtown Tempe.”
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