New 20-acre development breaks ground in Queen Creek
The heart of Queen Creek’s Town Center is about to quicken its pace with new shopping, dining and entertainment options. Thompson Thrift recently broke ground on a significant development for the Town Center, 20-acres located at the southeast corner of Rittenhouse Road and Ellsworth Loop Road. Serving as an economic driver for Queen Creek, the QC District will be anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market and HomeGoods.
“The Town Council and I are very excited about this project,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “The QC District marks important commercial growth for Queen Creek, it will increase the Town’s sales tax and property tax while providing diverse options for residents and visitors.”
The QC District will be built in two phases. Phase I is currently under construction and will encompass 16-acres of retail and dining options including Sprouts, HomeGoods, Starbucks, Red Robin, MOD Pizza, Café Rio, Original ChopShop Co., Menchie’s, Pet Planet, and Orangetheory Fitness among many others. Phase II will be a 4-acre development slated to include either an entertainment district or high density, upscale multi-family mixed-use residential-retail community which will be developed at a later date.
The 2015 Queen Creek Corporate Strategic Plan identified enhancing opportunities for businesses to be successful as one of the goals to support a quality lifestyle for Queen Creek residents. The QC District will enhance Queen Creek’s Town Center and will pave the way for additional growth in the region.
“Thompson Thrift is very excited about the opportunity to partner with Queen Creek to develop such an important and highly visible property in the Town Center. We are fully committed to delivering a first class project that will meet the standards established by the Town and one that will be a lasting asset for the community,” said Ashlee Boyd, Senior Vice President of Thompson Thrift Development.
In 2013 the Town issued a request for proposals for the development of a mixed-use entertainment district on the Town owned 20-acre parcel in the Town Center. Three proposals were received and an extensive evaluation resulted in negotiations with Thompson Thrift. The purchase agreement was approved by Town Council on July 16, 2014 contingent upon an approved Development Agreement and approval of Planned Area Development (PAD). Both items were subsequently approved and the property closed in July 2015.