Sunday, June 17, 2012
Newest Aldea Master Plan Reveals Changes, Districts
The project website's new plans seem to focus largely on the Rambla, the wide winding tree-lined boulevard which will be the development's main town center. Conceptual images of the Rambla are included with the master plan maps, and show planned senior housing, multi-family housing, a theater, a fashion anchor, street retail, liner retail, and surface and structured parking.
The new plans also contain a new Parking Grove, which will be used by "one-time" visitors who are accessing the Rambla town center. It will be located immediately to the east of a row of multi-family housing. The grove will be bisected by Village Way, which will become a pedestrian only walkway west of the Rambla and terminate in a large staircase the leads to the new Walmart. A new street called Aldea Drive will also connect the Rambla to Mesa and terminate at the fashion anchor.
The two new hotels will now both be located at the development's main intersection, at Mesa Park Blvd. and the Rambla boulevard (an extension of Rio Bravo). Originally, only one hotel was slated for the same intersection, at the southwest corner, and another hotel was planned for the southern edge of the Rambla, nearest Executive Boulevard. According to the new plan, one hotel will be located on the northeast corner and one on the northwest corner.
The developer may break ground within the next year, based on an incentives deal it currently has with the City. It is unclear which phases will be built first, though Walmart is fully committed and may be the first area to see construction.
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