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Posted: Friday, September 29, 2006 6:24 am | Updated: 4:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Main Street Commons developer Woodbine Southwest said Thursday it will top its shops with a 130-room Hyatt hotel, a 150,000-squarefoot executive office building and 300 posh condos.

A salon also changed its plans for its Gilbert location, opting for prime space at the luxury shopping center under construction at the southeast corner of Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road.

Chalk one up for Woodbine Southwest, which wooed Dolce Salon & Spa from rival developer Westcor’s San Tan Village, a short, freewayalignment hop away.

“The stars are starting to align,” said Buzz Gosnell, Woodbine Southwest president. “We’ve had our ears to the ground as to what is needed out here.”

Gosnell said he has landed premier commercial developer Hines to design and build a five-story executive office building at Main Street Commons. Hines built US Airways headquarters in Tempe, Vanguard’s corporate complex in north Scottsdale, and a couple of luxury, midrise office buildings at 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

A planned theater gave way to the Hines offices, a fivestory, L-shaped building that will house ground-floor retail.

Gosnell said that with another theater nearby — in San Tan Village — offices made more sense. They will provide lots of customers for the shops and restaurants.

Gosnell said he talked with neighbors, town officials, office and retail brokers, and anybody who checked out the Web site and chose to comment, to figure out what the project needed. Class A offices and condos were top on the list, he said.

The new nonretail additions make Main Street Commons into a true mixed-use project, said Bill Olson, marketing vice president for Texas-based Hines.

At build-out, Main Street Commons is expected to include about 1 million square feet of office space. Olson said Hines is interested in snagging more of that business when the time is ripe to build it.

“We have found over time that these types of projects create their own energy,” Olson said.

“We are very selective about the types of development we do. Main Street Commons has a lot of appeal because of its product diversity and live-work-play environment. Kierland Commons made a believer out of me. It’s one of my favorite places.”

Woodbine also announced plans for a 130-room Hyatt hotel, which will perch above a cluster of shops in Main Street Commons’ central plaza. The Hyatt is one of three hotels planned for the project, Gosnell said.

Gilbert could use the lodging options, since the town only has one hotel now, said Greg Tilque, Gilbert’s business development manager. And Tilque is pleased about the Class A offices, which will provide high-paying jobs.

“It’s always been one of our goals to be balanced and provide employment opportunities,” he said. “It’s important for this to be a mixed-use development.”

To top it all off, Gosnell plans to build 300 luxury residences similar to the loft homes it debuted at its tony Kierland Commons center on the Scottsdale-north Phoenix border.

Gosnell said he logged lots of requests from south East Valley people who like the Kierland condos and want the same residential options in their own community.

Dolce founder Brandi Nuttall, who opened her first salon at Chandler Fashion Center, liked the Main Street Commons retailers already on board, wanted to build a freestanding salon, and preferred the shopping center’s address, said spokeswoman Theresa Sarna.

“Brandi wanted to be in Gilbert for some time,” Sarna said. “We had several options. We were working with Westcor, but Brandi felt Main Street could offer more. She loves Kierland Commons and wanted to be a part of this.”

“And she feels a Val Vista address has a cachet similar to Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.”

Dolce, which is planning to open its second salon in March on Scottsdale Road at the Borgata, is designing the Gilbert version as the biggest of all — more than twice the size of its Chandler location, Sarna said. It will include a barbershop and spa.

Main Street Commons recently started construction on its first phase of shops and restaurants, which, besides Dolce, will include Blossoms/ BBZ, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Brighton Collectibles, Claddagh Irish Pub, Face Me Luxury Cosmetics & Skin Care, Francesca’s, Kona Grill, Lakshmi, Lynk American Bistro, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream & Treatery, New York & Company, Taglio Salon, Tommy Bahama and Yard House. Those tenants should be ringing up sales in late 2007, Gosnell said.

Also on board, Mountainside Fitness recently completed plans for a 40,000-square-foot health and fitness club, and furniture giant Thomasville is under contract to purchase 5.72 acres. Main Street Commons is part of The Spectrum at Val Vista master-planned community, which includes more than 3,000 homes, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and Santan MotorPlex, a 14-dealership auto sales

cluster.

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