Peoria Planned for 2 Hotels. Now it May Get 200 Apartments Instead

Article originally posted on AZ Central on July 19, 2021

A rendering shows the proposed Converge at P83 apartment building. The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission in July made the first step paving the way for the five-story, 195-unit building proposed for 75th Avenue and Paradise Lane.

A pair of four-story hotels, one with a rooftop pool, were supposed to break ground in Peoria three years ago. Now, city officials are paving the way to turn the site into nearly 200 apartments.

While plans for hotels on the southwest corner of 75th Avenue and Paradise Lane in the P83 dining and entertainment district fell apart, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday unanimously voted to recommend that the City Council rezone the property.

Rezoning would pave the way for the five-story, 195-unit apartment building dubbed Converge at P83. The building is planned to have 2,000 square feet of retail space and rental rates from $1,900 to $2,200 per month.

The rezoning will need City Council approval.

City officials touted the plans as a a crucial step to provide housing for future employees of Peoria’s massive Stadium Point project, which is planned just a hop, skip and a jump away next to the Peoria Sports Complex, where the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres play spring training baseball.

Peoria leaders for the better part of a decade have tried to fill out the remaining vacant pockets of P83.

“If we’re going to develop … we’re going to need places to live,” Commissioner Joysaphine Waitman said Thursday night.

Development would break new ground for Peoria

If the project is approved by the City Council, it would mark a few firsts for Peoria, according to city documents.

It would feature:

  • Peoria’s first vertical building with a mix of uses, from residential to retail.
  • Peoria’s first parking garage more than two stories high.
  • Peoria’s first development to feature top-floor decks that overlook the city and the spring training complex.