Gilbert’s plan for a hip, urban, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is beginning to take shape, but the area’s crown jewel is still years away.
Nearly four years after the Gateway Area Plan was adopted by the Town Council, close to half of the proposed 19,459 residential units have been built, are under construction or have been approved by the town, according to numbers released by Gilbert last week.
Developers of the 770-acre Cooley Station project, which accounts for the majority of the unapproved residential units and the highly anticipated Village Center, have submitted its master plan and are scheduled to meet with town officials today.
"It’s going faster than we thought," Gilbert planning director Jerry Swanson said.
"When you add up the numbers it isn’t hypothetical, it is real," he said.
The Gateway Area is roughly bounded by Warner Road to the north, Power Road to the east, Pecos Road to the south and Greenfield Road to the west.
The plan includes a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, power centers, and office and industrial sites that become more dense closer to the Village Center.
The residences are expected to serve the growing Arizona State University East student population and Williams Gateway Airport-area work force.
The Village Center at Williams Field and Recker roads is the region’s anchor.
Town officials expect the center to attract specialty stores, restaurants and entertainment along the lines of downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue.
The Town Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the single-family home design guidelines for the Gateway Area.
As proposed, the guidelines would require a neotraditional design that highlights front porches and deemphasizes garages.