Union Park at Norterra Update: November Opening Planned

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The Post, Union Park at Norterra’s community center, is under construction. Photo courtesy USAA

The first model homes at USAA’s upscale master-planned community in Norterra are expected to open in November, the developer now says. Union Park at Norterra’s first building, a community center called the Post, is already under construction east of USAA’s existing corporate center near the I-17 and Happy Valley interchange.

“Builders will start construction of their models this summer and early fall,” project spokesperson Jennifer Whittle told In&Out. “As of now, we are planning for a November grand opening.”

Three builders plan a range of styles, from territorial to mission revival, Southwest modern to desert craftsman and even Wrightian (inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright). Floorplans and pricing have not yet been announced. [Community Maps & Photos Below]

  • Ashton Woods Four, two-story plans, 1,800 to 2,481 square feet.
  • Cachet Homes Five, one- and two-story plans, 2,831 to 4,115 square feet.
  • David Weekley Homes Seven, one- and two-story plans, 2,332 to 3,864 square feet.

‘Highly Walkable’

The 400-acre project—to include 1,100 single-family homes and 1,100 multi-family units—is situated between Happy Valley and Jomax roads. Phase I involves 309 homes. Later phases will include boutique retail stores, specialty restaurants, office space and a school.

The developer, Sunbelt Holdings, says the community will be highly walkable.

“Within walking distance and a future gateway into the community will be a unique retail corridor that is envisioned to be a collection of inviting gathering places, restaurants and shopping experiences,” according to marketing material. “Tree-lined streets, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, shade corridors and diverse architectural home styles will create the character and charm of neighborhoods of the past.”

Planned Community Amenities

  • Pool with cabanas
  • Children’s play pool
  • Community park & playground
  • Outdoor barbecue area
  • Pickleball & basketball courts

The Post, a 5,800-square-foot community recreation center will be “inspired by historical farmhouses,” the developers said.

The entire project, when completed, will encompass 398 acres. For comparison, Fireside at Norterra, a nearby master-planned community, will have 1,425 homes upon build-out. By contrast, Anthem has more than 10,000 homes sprawling across some 6,000 acres.


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Union Park at Norterra property plan

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An artist rendering of the entrance to the community.
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This photo from February 2017 is looking south from Jomax Road, across acreage that is now being developed. The USAA corporate center is in the background. Photo by Robert Roy Britt
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The development is seen here from 19th Avenue between Happy Valley Road and Jomax in September, 2017, just after ground-clearing began. The view is to the west, with the USAA Phoenix Campus in the background. Photo by Robert Roy Britt
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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