Buckeye’s growth surge shows no sign of slowing down.
At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Buckeye Planning Commission approved a preliminary plan for 299 homes on 76 acres at Southern Avenue and Apache Road.
The development is between a Walmart distribution center and Marionneaux Elementary School.
According to a representative, developer Melcor “has multiple projects in Buckeye that emphasize connectivity.”
Dawn Fortuna, a project planner speaking for Melcor, told the commission the Algodon project “has connected open space to ensure residents are not just coming home and (staying) within houses. We really want them to get out there and interact with their neighbors.”
The written proposal submitted to the commission emphasized a reflection on Buckeye’s farming history:
“Melcor is committed to creating premier residential communities as reflected throughout the West Valley, including Algodon and their holdings in Miller 60 which is located on Southern Avenue. As part of the rebranding to be a standout development in Buckeye, Melcor has renamed the project Algodon, which is the Spanish word for ‘cotton.’
“By integrating their vision, they can bring more thoughtful planning that provides not only physical connections but important social and community links for over 500 homes in Buckeye.”
The commission followed city staff’s recommendation for approval—which included multiple stipulations the developer must follow.
One regards the nearby school: “Prior to final plat approval, the property owner/developer shall provide a letter from the appropriate school district(s) that certifies the developer and the school district(s) have entered into an agreement to provide, or help to provide, adequate school facilities within the school district’s attendance area in a timely manner.”
According to the developer, the site’s neighbors include Riata West Community Association, Crystal Vista Homeowners Association and the Buckeye Elementary School District.
On Feb. 4, Melcor held a neighborhood open house at Marionneaux Elementary School.
According to the developer’s summary, “There were three local residents in attendance including Susan Marionneaux La Riuere, Annette Napolitano and Scott Miller. La Riuere and Napolitano were the original mother/daughter owners of the property.
“They requested that they have an opportunity to walk through the existing home before tear down and if they could have the weathervane.”
The requests by the neighbors were granted.
A variation of the project was approved in 2005—but was never developed, due to the economic downturn.