Developers are envisioning an upscale, resortlike “downtown” for Chandler’s Ocotillo area that they see as a future destination for the East Valley.
The developments, The Waters at Ocotillo and Downtown Ocotillo, are being masterplanned together and encompass more than 100 acres south of Queen Creek Road and east of Price Road. The projects will include a Starwood brand hotel and a United Kingdom-based Tesco food store.
The Waters at Ocotillo is being developed by Gilbane Development Co. and is largely a residential development with some mixed-use. Tempe-based Lawrence & Geyser Development’s Downtown Ocotillo will feature shops, office space and restaurants as well as a luxury condominium complex with underground parking and a 175-room Starwood hotel, the company’s urban brand, called Aloft.
“We want this to be a destination for everyone in the south East Valley,” said Spike Lawrence, co-founder of Lawrence & Geyser. “We’re negotiating with several restaurants that will be really exciting. We’re raising the bar for dining in Chandler.”
Ocotillo resident Donna DeVoe said she looks forward to the developments and new shopping opportunities.
“I think it’s going to be great for the area,” DeVoe said. “It’s something different.”
DeVoe, who has lived in Ocotillo since 1996, said she also welcomes the hotel because it will be another place to gather or hold a meeting. “It’s becoming the resort-type of community that it was planned to be,” she said.
By the developers planning together, there will be continuity in the Santa Barbara-style architecture, design and landscaping themes. The properties are expected to have lush resortstyle landscape, piazzas, trails and fountains.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2007, but no completion date has been announced.
The development companies haven’t submitted plans to Chandler, but expect to in the next couple of weeks, said Torben Arend of Gilbane.
“We’re pretty delighted about the project, the advent of this type of development occurring in that part of town,” said Bob Weworski, principal planner with Chandler. “We like the comprehensive nature of the project and the fact that they are masterplanning this all at once.”
Arend said the developers have had several meetings with Chandler and the company had an open house this week to introduce the project to Ocotillo residents.