The Avondale City Council OK’d the building of an apartment complex and the rezoning of 7 acres of land at its monthly meeting on Feb. 1.
Developer Sharat Kanaka’s Nirvana at Harbor Shores is a proposed 172-unit multifamily residential apartment development at McDowell Road and Harbor Shores Boulevard.
The proposed development will have nine buildings with 97 one-bedroom apartments and 75 two-bedroom apartments. It will also contain many amenities, including a garden, fireplace and fitness area.
The property will be near Copper Springs health care facility as well as a BioLife Plasma Services building and the Avondale Fire and Rescue Station.
The new development will be in the Pendergast Elementary School District and the Tolleson Union High School District service areas. The closest schools will be Rio Vista Elementary School for students in K-8 and West Point High School.
To approve the apartment complex, the council voted unanimously to change the zoning from local commercial to high-density residential. However, a few of the councilmembers were concerned with the lack of a sidewalk to allow pedestrians to walk safely to 107th Avenue.
According to the city council report, “if a connection were provided, the developer would need to work with the owner of the adjacent BioLife Plasma Services to design and construct a pedestrian connection from the west edge of Nirvana at Harbor Shores”
The presenter of the plan, Shaine T. Alleman, said there isn’t a need for a traffic signal at the intersection of McDowell Road and Harbor Shores Boulevard, but the city council members clarified that a traffic light will be installed in the next one to four years.
As for the community, one Avondale resident, Dave Keller, spoke during the meeting to say that he was not on board with the decision as he does not want his view of the mountain blocked.
City Councilman Mike Pineda said he empathizes with him, but most residents were in support of it, judging from a neighborhood meeting.
“It doesn’t sound like anything was brought up to Councilwoman (Pat) Dennis in regard to any negative comments regarding the apartment complex being to the south.”