A hardwood floor retail showroom is planning to join Gilbert’s first elementary school and Mormon church buildings at the southern edge of the downtown district.
Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply of Phoenix has purchased the half-acre vacant parcel on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Elliot roads with plans to open its second Valley showroom.
Construction on the project, which still faces final zoning and project design votes, could begin in late January, owner Bill Hosea said.
The showroom will be opposite Gilbert Road from the former Boys and Girls Club — which occupied the town’s first Mormon church until moving to a new facility in August — and on the corner opposite the Gilbert Historical Museum, which was the town’s first school.
"It’s been vacant all my life here," Gilbert Councilman Don Skousen said of the northeast corner. "I’m happy to see something go there and look forward to something across the street (on the southeast corner) as soon as we can."
Two Gilbert commissions last week recommended that the Town Council approve the rezoning request to allow for construction of the 4,420-square-foot building.
The council is scheduled to vote next month.
The Gilbert Redevelopment Commission is scheduled to vote on the project’s final design at its Jan. 15 meeting, town development specialist Carl Harris-Morgan said.
Arizona Hardwood Floor Supply opened in 1979 in Phoenix and moved to its current location near 24th Street and McDowell Road in 1990. Hosea said the Gilbert location offered a good opportunity.
"We do a lot of business down there," he said.
Building architect Jeff Swan said the showroom will be built with a Southwest territorial theme featuring a "contemporary look with a historic flavor."
"It’s going to be compatible with the historic downtown, but we’re not going to try to deceive people into believing it is an historic building," Swan said.
The town held a public meeting in October to discuss future uses for the former Boys and Girls Club and the vacant southeast corner parcel — both owned by Gilbert.
Final decisions have not been made.