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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:56 am | Updated: 7:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Dana Park Village Square developers want to construct a high-rise building that will house either luxury office space, apartments or condos, officials said.

The 66-acre shopping center is months away from its grand opening, however most stores are already open for business.

Heather Brechbill, a leasing agent for the shopping center at Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive, said plans for the high-rise are in preliminary stages and she was unable to offer specifics on the fourth and final phase of the center.

She said the building will go behind phase three, which lies at the north end of the project.

Dana Park already has a host of tenants geared toward well-heeled customers like AJ’s Fine Foods, Designs of the Interior and Buca Di Beppo Italian restaurant. Phase three, which is slowly coming to life, will bring such retailers as Victoria’s Secret, JoS. A. Banks men’s clothing store and New York & Company, an apparel store.

The developer Triple Five Group, owner of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, is nearing completion on the third phase of construction and reports that it will open sometime in April. However, a majority of retailers are expected to come online prior to the holiday shopping season.

The center’s architectural features, landscaping and retail mix makes it one of the most unique shopping centers in Mesa, said City Manager Chris Brady.

“They’ve kind of become our standard for quality,” he said, adding city leaders are hopeful other developers will use Dana Park Village as a prototype.

“I think Dana Park exceeds almost anything you see today that’s already been developed in Mesa,” Brady said.

The stores will recapture valuable sales tax dollars from well-to-do customers that Mesa lost because it lacked many of the retailers present at Dana Park, Brady said.

Brechbill said construction on the high-rise should begin sometime in the next two years. She said convincing retailers to locate to south Mesa was difficult at first, adding that Mesa gets a bad rap.

“We did our demographic work and there is money in Mesa. There’s a lot of money in Mesa, actually,” she said.

Brechbill said the company spared no expense in construction, pointing out the amount of marble that went into phase two alone totaled $2 million.

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