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The City of Mesa has hired an urban planning consultant to create conceptual master plans for the Southwest Corner of University Drive & Mesa Drive. Crandall Arambula will facilitate community engagement meetings to gather input from the community to create three conceptual master plans.

The Project

Conceptual master planning of the Southwest Corner of University and Mesa Drives (the “Property”).

In Downtown Mesa, 27 acres of undeveloped land is nestled between residential neighborhoods and the historic downtown core at the southwest corner of University Drive and Mesa Drive. As Downtown’s future cornerstone, the transformation of this property will play a key role in achieving Mesa’s vision for a vibrant new urban neighborhood a short walk from the heart of Mesa.

The first phase of transformation will be a 6-month master planning and community involvement process that will produce three conceptual master plans for the Property.

What is a conceptual master plan?
The conceptual master plans will explore the activities and types of places that would be successful on the Property and will consider how the community will use and move through the site. The master plan provides a road map for establishing the community’s vision for the future of the Property and will inform new developers of this vision.

The three conceptual master plans will:

  • Explore development alternatives at a range of intensities
  • Provide strategies for cultivating character through land use, circulation, and public space
  • Respond to market demand and the needs of the community
  • Provide City Council with viable options and measurable data to make an informed selection of the final concept

At the end of this process, one master plan concept will be selected by City Council and used to guide the redevelopment of the Property by a private developer(s).

Did the community already provide input on this site?
Yes! There were two community meetings and a survey conducted in the summer of 2016. After those meetings, Mesa City Council asked that a consultant be hired to create conceptual master plans for the property with more community input. The consultant, Crandall Arambula, was hired in September 2018 and has received all of the input from 2016 for review.


The ProcessUniveristy & Mesa Dr project schedule

The project will be driven by public involvement with input and review at key project decision points. At each milestone identified on the schedule, stakeholders, committees, elected officials, and the broader community will be involved through a variety of meetings and workshops. All meeting information, project updates, and public surveys will be available online for the duration of the project.

Community Workshops

The community is invited to participate in two hands-on workshops at Eisenhower Elementary School/ Center for Innovation. Community Workshops are open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. The community will provide input to establish project goals and master plan concepts.

Community Workshop 1
November 13, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Eisenhower Center for Innovation
848 N Mesa Dr  

Community Workshop 2
January 29, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Eisenhower Center for Innovation
848 N Mesa Dr

Following each Community Workshop, the slideshow and oral presentation will be posted online for public review and additional comment.


Meet the Team

Crandall Arambula has been hired by Mesa’s Office of Downtown Transformation as the lead design consultant for the master planning and public engagement process. Crandall Arambula’s team of experts includes urban planners, market analysts, architects, and engineers with the international experience and local knowledge required to create a master plan that will position Mesa and its citizens for the future.

Crandall Arambula—an urban design, planning, and architecture firm established in 1998—is a recognized innovator in developing downtown master plans and transit station area plans that generate desirable development momentum.

Crandall Arambula’s award-winning approach is based on experience providing similar master planning services to cities throughout North America, including Gilbert, Arizona; Missoula, Montana; Fairbanks, Alaska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado; Racine, Wisconsin; Knoxville, Tennessee; Oak Park, Illinois, and many others.

The Crandall Arambula team also includes:

  • Floor Associates | Landscape Architecture
  • Nelsen Partners | Architecture
  • HR&A Advisors | Market & Real Estate Economics
  • Dibble Engineering | Infrastructure
  • CivTech | Traffic

“We will provide the Mesa community with maximum value for investment. We are passionate about assisting communities through our depth of experience and research, and we are committed to the long-term success of this project. The measure of that success will ultimately be the development of a vibrant community that is harmonious with greater Downtown Mesa. We look forward to working with you.”

--The Crandall Arambula team


Property Background Information

Watch the presentation to the City Council at the September 13, 2018 Study Session

Watch the presentation to the City Council at the November 21, 2016 Study Session

Staff presentation to Council on November 21, 2016 [PDF]

Watch Council's discussion at the February 25, 2016 Study Session

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