Residential-retail development gets planners’ nod

Hudson Station, a mixed-use residential and retail development, will be located on the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Signal Butte Roads. (vizzda.com)

The Queen Creek Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended Council approve plans for a residential-retail development on 91 acres on a former dairy farm the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Signal Butte roads.

The Hudson Station plan includes the 24acre strip mall development with a Fry’s supermarket, pharmacy and gasoline fueling station, three unspecified shops, three unidentified drive-thru restaurants and an EOS Fitness center, according to the proposal by the developer, Barclay Group of Phoenix, and the owner, GM Gabrych Family Limited Partnership.

The residential portion is a gated community with 240 one-story residences of varying lot sizes. The units would include 42 one-bedroom units and another 36 with garages as well as 108 two-bedroom units with surface parking and 54 with garages according to the site plan.

“The landscape palette includes an inventory of low-water maintenance tree and brush species that are desert friendly and comply with the desert themed landscaping required by Queen Creek,” the developer’s presentation stated.

The staff report noted there will be a 20 to 30-foot buffer between he residential and commercial portions of the development that will include shaded trails as well as a 10-foot multi-use trail along Queen Creek and Signal Butter roads that connects to the town’s master trail system.

“The conceptual site plan includes a centrally located community amenity area with pool, open space, and community building,” the staff report said. “Each unit includes a covered front porch and private fenced in rear yard ranging in depth from 10-feet to 20-feet.”

“The grocery anchor and fitness facility buildings provide for wide building foundations that will provide plenty of space for planters, bike racks and pedestrian circulation. Landscape planters and benches have been placed at the front of the grocery store and fitness facility building and will provide shading and areas for pedestrians to sit or relax.”

It said the fueling area will have gas tanks on the facility’s north side with special sensors to detect leaks. The tanks’ location “helps to minimize any conflicts between the refueling tanks and pedestrian activity from the convenience store and dispensaries,” the. developer added.

The staff report said seven letters of opposition had been filed against the development.