A rezoning to allow construction of the tallest buildings in Chandler at the Rockefeller Group Development Corp.'s Chandler 101 project, received final City Council approval Monday.
The council voted unanimously to allow Rockefeller to build up to a maximum of 160 feet in height at the project, said Craig Younger, a city spokesman. The current maximum height there is only 45 feet.
Plans call for a conference center, hotel and office buildings between eight stories and 11 stories on 22 acres southeast of Loop 101 and Chandler Boulevard. The current tallest structure in the city is the 80-foot control tower at the Chandler Municipal Airport.
Chandler 101's proposed hotel and conference center are dependent on whether the city government's negotiations with the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort are successful, Rockefeller officials have said.
The city has been talking for months with San Marcos about putting a new multimillion-dollar conference center downtown, and a deal could be ready by the end of the year, city officials have said. If that deal falls through, Rockefeller has positioned its Chandler 101 as a backup ready to go.
However, if Chandler 101 doesn't get the conference center, plans call for replacing it and the hotel with an additional nine-story office building. The developers have said that with either option, they plan to invest more than $100 million in the project.