851 apartments, 30 acres of retail proposed here

The owners of a 60-acre parcel on the northeast corner of the Southern Avenue and Signal Butte in east Mesa submitted plans last month for a master-planned mixed-use development with 851 residential units and 250,000 square feet of commercial space.The so-called Medina Station development is slated for land purchased at an Arizona State Land Department auction in 2021 for $13.5 million.The land is currently part of Maricopa County, though owner Bela Flor Communities is applying for annexation to Mesa concurrently with rezoning and site plan review.

About 30 acres of Medina Station are slated for a commercial center with about 16 stores and restaurants, including five drive-thru eateries, Chick-Fil-A among them.Vivo Partners, developer of the commercial portion of Medina Station, would not disclose the prospective anchor tenant. But an attorney for the landowner told city planners during the pre-submittal meeting in July that Target was planning to anchor the development.Mesa planners said in the meeting that they want a development agreement with Bela Flor as part of the rezoning and annexation.They said the agreement would include a limit on the number of drive-thrus allowed in the commercial portion of Medina Station and guarantees on the balance between commercial and residential in …

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