By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Kitchell Development hopes to start construction on Phase 1 of the Longbow Marketplace project at the SWC of Recker Road and Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in November. The 64KSF project sits on 9.1 acres of the planned 49-acre shopping center site.
A 30KSF Sprouts Farmers Market will act as the anchor tenant, with three restaurants and three retail shops rounding out the first phase development. The site’s basic infrastructure has already been constructed.
The eclectic contemporary design focuses on creating a pedestrian-friendly retail environment. Materials combine sand-blasted concrete block, steel beams and metal roofing with desert-colored stucco and heavy timber. Accent elements include formed concrete and porcelain tile. Shading is provided by roof overhangs, awnings and trellises, as well as sail elements on the Sprouts’ corner patio.
The landscape design uses fast-growing, desert-appropriate trees, such as mesquite and palo verde, and incorporates colorful shrubs and flowering ground covers to, “Provide an attractive, upscale look for the center all year and create a dynamic contextual place for patrons to gather.”
Patio spaces are also provided at the three shops and combine with seating areas along the development’s walkways in hopes of establishing the center as a pedestrian-friendly regional center.
Walkways five-six feet wide connect all the buildings, parking areas and pedestrian amenities, and at least 50 percent of the walkway space will be shaded by landscaping or structures.
This will be the first major retail development under the Longbow master plan. The city approved the initial commercial site in 2002 with an amendment in 2008.