Verde at Cooley Station in Gilbert broke ground on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to kick off the first phase of construction for the 23-acre project at the southwest corner of Williams Field and Recker Roads. 

“Verde will be a gathering place for the community. In addition to offices, retail and restaurants, Verde will be loaded with unique wall graphics, large scale sculpture in public spaces, a children’s play area and a programmed performance venue hosting a myriad of events,” said Norman Brody, a managing member of SB2-VB, LLC, the developer of the project. The design of Verde at Cooley Station incorporates new and innovative building materials, systems, technology and architectural expressions. 

“Citizens of Gilbert ages 8 to 80 can come together in Verde’s public spaces to enhance their lives by participating in community events, or enjoying events at our performance venue or dining at an array of restaurants, shopping at a variety of stores or just hanging out,” Brody said.

The first restaurants to commit to Verde, include OBON, a Japanese restaurant with its unique experience in Asian dining and casual atmosphere; along with the Valley’s very own West Alley BBQ, which will bring its Tennessee-style open-pit, slow-cooked meats and live entertainment; and the tasty ice cream creations of Cookies & Cream.

Verde is located within the 650-acre Cooley Station master-planned community that provides single-family housing, multi-family residential options, commercial space and a transit station for a future commuter rail line which will speed East Valley commuters to Phoenix. Verde will be the centerpiece of Cooley Station encompassing almost 150,000 square feet of commercial space and 450 multi-family residential units.

“At Verde, we have also sought to create within Cooley Station the first phase of an urban core for Gilbert where people can live and work as such in Verde, we are integrating two multi-family projects just a short walk to the commercial district, with more than 425 units and a 36,000 square foot Verde Medical Center being developed by Sina Companies, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with leasing by The Plaza Companies, Phoenix,” Brody said.

Town of Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said she was thankful the Cooley family had chosen Gilbert as the location to develop Cooley Station and for making it “a gem for all of Gilbert.”

Restaurant, retail, office and health/wellness tenant announcements will be shared across the project’s social media platforms. Work on the first phase of the development will carry on through the new-year with an expected open in late 2020.