Developers of a controversial business and industrial park in east Mesa are offering to compromise with nearby homeowners who oppose the project, just a day after the Mesa City Council failed to reach a decision on the development.
For months, residents of Queen’s Park have battled the project on Pecos and Hawes roads, saying it will disturb their quiet lifestyle and lower property values.
Homeowners have said they will sue for an injunction against the development if the city approves it as it’s now configured.
Councilman Scott Somers said the developers are now offering a 100-foot setback for the park to limit disruption to the neighborhood.
City zoning code requires a 20-foot setback for the industrial park, which would be separated by a road from Queen’s Park. Residents have said they want a wider buffer between the businesses and their homes, as well as other compromises.
The developers have also pledged to build a wall and make it blend in with a nearby business park and landscape the area to obscure some of the buildings from the neighborhood.
Queen’s Park falls squarely into the city’s plan for creating jobs near Williams Gateway. City officials view the area as a future commercial and industrial center that will not accommodate residential developments.
“I think (residents) deserve all the consideration I can give them - but we also have to create a job center,” said Somers.
After a lengthy debate Tuesday night, the Mesa City Council put off a decision on the Dove Business Communities industrial park until Sept. 17.
Supporters of the project said they will agree to the compromise if residents drop a legal protest against the development.