BUCKEYE — The Buckeye Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a site plan for an industrial building project that has acreage on both sides of Interstate 10.
With a proposed 200,000-square-foot building on the southwest corner of Perryville and McDowell roads, and a 525,000-square-foot building on the northwest corner of Perryville Road and Roosevelt Street, the two Mission Park II and III buildings are on separated land that totals 34.4 acres — with I-10 running between the two halves of the site.
Dale Couture with Ware Malcomb, on behalf of Marwest Enterprises LLC, is the applicant. Mission Park II and III site plans made up the lone hearing and action item on Tuesday’s board agenda.
Randy Proch, a senior planner for the city, said traffic leaving both sites, once developed, won’t be encouraged to head west 1 mile to Jackrabbit Trail, which is already reeling from excessive traffic and development. Instead, both driveways for the northern site will be right-in, right-out only, sending exiting traffic east on McDowell to Perryville Road, and a crossover for turning left on McDowell will not be created.
Buckeye Traffic Engineer John Willett said the developer will encourage all truck traffic at the southern site to exit onto Roosevelt Street and turn left, getting back onto Perryville Road at its to-be-built signal at Roosevelt.
While there will also be a right-turn-only exit from the southern site directly onto southbound Perryville, Willett said, he wouldn’t be opposed to the city putting up a “no U-turn” sign to discourage southbound truck drivers who might think of making a limited-pavement U-turn at Roosevelt to get back to I-10.
Couture said he’s excited to get the project moving forward. It’s possible that depending on what type of future tenant takes over space in the two buildings, as many as 300 permanent jobs could be created.
The surrounding parcels are mostly undeveloped, with a few industrial sites around the north property, and homes to the west of the southern property. However, there is massive development all across the eastern part of Buckeye, including other industrial, commercial and warehouse development close to I-10.
The property has a planned-area development overlay on a business park zoning district designation, Perryville Road is also known, on some maps, as 187th Avenue.
The northern site will only have one entry and exit along McDowell Road, as it is wedged against the Perryville on-ramp to westbound I-10; a concrete drainage ditch and flood-control project runs along Perryville Road, under the interstate and its on-ramps, along the west side of the street.
Proch said the driveway along the west edge of the northern site is being left open so that when property is developed there, a shared driveway with access to McDowell could be constructed.
The property is at the very edge of Buckeye’s current city limits. In fact, Perryville Road has unincorporated Maricopa County-zoned land on its east side, both north and south of I-10, across the street from where the two buildings would be built.
Diagonally southeast from the from the southern site is the northwestern corner of the city of Goodyear.
The southern half of the approved PAD has unincorporated Maricopa County parcels on both its east and west sides.
There were no other hearing or development items on Tuesday’s agenda. Buckeye’s public meetings tend to slow down in the summer; the Buckeye City Council didn’t meet at all on July 5.