A new shopping center is in the works for Buckeye.
The city is one of the fastest growing in the country, with its population ballooning from about 50,000 in 2010 to over 100,000 in 2022. The city has been developing quickly to give residents what they need, opening up a new Costco last month.
The site plan for the shopping center was approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission earlier this month and will be anchored by Fry’s, Buckeye City Planner Jennifer Fostino said. It will be located at the southeast corner of Miller and Broadway roads, which is several miles north of the downtown Buckeye area. There is currently a commercial center to the north, planned residential areas to the east and south and a planned community area to the west.
The applicant was Todd Bessire with Scottsdale-based Sustainability Engineering Group on behalf of Texas-based Forestar Real Estate Group. Sustainability Engineering Group has worked on a number of Fry’s projects throughout the Valley, including the Canyon Crossroads marketplace in Phoenix and Mulberry Marketplace in Mesa.
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The shopping center will be 19.21 gross acres, for a total of 152,000 square feet in building area, with the Fry’s being 123,000 square feet. It will also have a gas station with 9 fuel pumps, Fostino said. The area is currently zoned for commercial use, which allows for shopping centers.
The shopping center will consist of eight buildings. Aside from the Fry’s and its fuel station, there are currently no planned tenants for the other six buildings, Fostino said. But several of them will allow for a drive-thru. Three of the buildings are about 6,000 square feet, while two are about 3,000 square feet and one is 2,200 square feet.
The site plan includes 660 parking spaces, including 13 electric vehicle charging stations. Steps will also be taken to accommodate the influx of cars in the area, including putting in a new traffic signal and half-street construction along Miller and Broadway. There will be five access points for vehicles, Fostino said, with three along Broadway Road and two along Miller Road.
While the site plan was approved, there isn’t yet a definitive timeline for when construction will begin.