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Mesa Considers Downtown Mixed-Use Project

The Mesa City Council will consider a development agreement for a downtown mixed-use project at Main and South Pomeroy Streets.

Right now there’s a parking lot and garage on about three acres at the corner of Main Street and South Pomeroy. 3W Management, LLC wants to add apartments and office and retail space to the city-owned property.

“This will be the largest and most visible  project to come to our downtown since light rail opened in August of 2015,” said Jeff McVay, Mesa Downtown Transformation manager.

McVay said the project meets the city’s goals of getting more people living downtown.

“There are a lot of developers, there are a lot of very interested investors that are watching this and if this is successful, there is going to be a lot more that will follow,” McVay said.

The city is offering to lease the property at 6 percent of its appraised value with the option to sell it outright in the future.

“There is also credits that are being applied to that lease rate based off of the developer’s design and construction of public infrastructure improvements,” McVay said.

The developer could get up to $3 million for work on public streets and parks.

The Mesa City Council meets Monday, Nov. 20.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.