4 upcoming developments in Mesa include a surf park and a library
Surfers are testing the waves in a Mesa lagoon, the city’s iconic Mekong Plaza is expanding, several apartment complexes are being built downtown, and a library is in the works for Southeast Mesa.
Here are some of the notable projects underway in the greater Phoenix suburb.
Here is an overview of each.
Surfing at Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Lagoon, at the southeast corner of Warner and Power roads, is halfway through construction. It should open next summer, along with shops and restaurants.
The $220 million development is expected to span 40 acres and include amenities such as a pump bike path and a hotel.
But the focal point is the 55-meter surf lagoon, which should appeal to surfers from beginners to pros.
Developer Cole Cannon and his team have developed technology to create a surfing lagoon where the shape and size of the waves, as well as the length and duration of the ride, can be adjusted according to skill levels.
There will also be the first ever UNIT in-ground surf pool on site. The technology is similar to a FlowRider that can be found at the Westin Kierland, but is in deeper water and allows a surfboard to have a fin, unlike other surf pools. The pool produces a continuous wave that can also be adjusted for different levels of surfing skill. Unlike the lagoon, pool surfers do not move along the water with the wave, but rather ride a standing wave.
Water will come from a well that has been on the site since the 1950s. According to city documents, the lagoon is expected to use less than 25 acre-feet of water, or about 8 million gallons, per year. Comparatively, according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources, three homes in Arizona use about one acre-foot per year, so the lagoon will use about the same amount of water per year as 75 homes.
Cannon said the only loss of water from the lagoon would come from evaporation.
Beyond the water facilities, several retail stores and restaurants rise along Power Road.
Restaurants that have signed leases include:
- Bubbakoo Burritoswhich will be its second location in Arizona.
- Moku Hawaiian Grillwhich has a location in Phoenix.
- Boba Timea nationwide franchise that extends to the Phoenix area.
These restaurants are expected to open early next year.
“We wanted to create an atmosphere where there’s something for everyone,” Cannon said.
He plans four more lagoon-view restaurants that would be more seated and full-service than the quick-service eateries on Power.
An entertainment complex with a pump track bike course, trampoline park and other games and activities is also in the works, with a tenant to be announced shortly.
Cannon Beach will also include a hotel, office buildings, a gym and a high-end spa. The hotel is expected to open in 2024.
“The surf component is obvious, but we really want to emphasize that this is a destination for everyone,” said Marti Weinstein, a leasing broker for Diversified Partners who leases the commercial portion. “We are in the center of the Southeast Valley, but we think it will be a destination for the whole region.”
The Mekong Plaza is expanding
A mainstay of Mesa’s Asian neighborhood, Mekong Plaza, which includes a variety of food vendors, retailers and an Asian specialty grocer, is undergoing a $10 million expansion.
The 35,000 square foot expansion is underway on vacant land south of the existing plaza at Main Street and Dobson Road.
The expanded plaza is expected to be completed by July.
The growth comes as the current place is fully let and has 30 tenants. Already, businesses have pre-leased 60% of the expanded space, according to city officials.
Downtown Mesa Apartments
Mesa Arts District lofts rise up the main street east of Sirrine. The five-building project will bring 335 apartments with commercial space on the ground floor along Main Street.
The development spans 10 acres near the Mesa Arts Center and Arizona State University’s new downtown Mesa location.
Residents will begin moving into the apartment complex in mid-2023, with full completion expected in March 2024.
The project is one of many apartment complexes under construction or planned downtown.
Eco Mesa, a 102-unit apartment complex, is under construction near Pepper Place, west of Macdonald. The Grid, with 286 rental units and retail and dining space on the ground floor, is also under construction at Main Street and Pomeroy.
A total of 867 apartments are under construction in downtown Mesa, with another 1,868 in planning and approvals.
Mesa builds its first library in 35 years
In the fast-growing southeast area of Mesa, a library is among the amenities that will soon be put in place.
The library, planned near Ray Road and Eastmark Parkway, would be the city’s fourth.
Council member Kevin Thompson, who represents the area, said this project is long overdue.
As city officials work on inflationary adjustments, they may reduce the size from 35,000 square feet to around 28,000 square feet and reduce amenities such as ThinkSpot, an innovation center.
The library should have an outdoor reading deck overlooking Eastmark Great Park Lake.
Construction is expected to begin next summer and be completed in the summer of 2024.
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