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Retail center planned for sensitive historic site in Tempe

Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 11:00:45-04

TEMPE, AZ — A 1.5-acre site near on the northwest corner of Baseline and Kyrene roads will be developed into two retail buildings anchored by a Starbucks.

Scottsdale-based Avalon Development bought the site in August 2018.

The site was deemed “archaeologically sensitive” due to its location within Los Hornos, an ancient Hohokam site.

“Over the course of a year, Avalon was able to pull off what at first seemed disheartening,” Scott Whittington, founder and principal of Avalon, said in a statement. “But by having a clear vision and working with the community to address their concerns, it allowed us to turn an abandoned mobile home park into a future neighborhood gem where families, students and people from all over the community will have a place to meet, enjoy coffee on-the-go, study and work, as opposed to staring at dust devils for yet another summer.”

More details about the development can be found on the Phoenix Business Journal.