Big Health Center Gets Thumbs Up With Height Restriction

For 15 years, In&Out Magazine has been the definitive source of “Everything that’s going on” in and out of the community. We thank you, our readers, as well as the businesses that support the magazine through advertising, for that opportunity. But with little going on, and many businesses suspending or canceling their ads during the Covid-19 crisis, we are suspending publication of the magazine and web sites for the month of May. 

HonorHealth’s existing facility north of Dove Valley Road is surrounded by acres and acres of empty land. In&Out Publications Staff Photo

HonorHealth’s plan for a sprawling mixed-use health and wellness campus along the east side of I-17 north of Dove Valley Road moved one step closer to final approval March 8 when the Phoenix North Gateway Board gave the thumbs up to a rezoning request—but with a height restriction aimed at preserving the character and views within the rapidly growing region.

By a 5-0 vote at its monthly meeting, the advisory board, which serves the City of Phoenix, approved the proposal with a stipulation of a 120-foot height allowance. HonorHealth was seeking a 150-foot limit.

The rezoning request will be considered by the Phoenix Planning Commission at its April 5 meeting. If approved, it will pave the way for a mix of residential and commercial uses within the 87 undeveloped acres on the site.

Project Details

Plans by a previous property owner for a large auto mall at the site—bordered by Dove Valley Road to the south, I-17 to the west, and Skunk Creek wash to the east—were scrapped when the recession hit. The parcel was rezoned in 2011 to allow for the construction of HonorHealth’s Sonoran Health & Emergency Center. The company, which now owns the entire 105-acre property, first announced the health-complex plans in 2016.

The first phase of construction would include a 79-bed hospital that could be expanded to 300 beds in the future. Other preliminary site plans call for mixed uses that could include:

  • Medical offices
  • Retail & restaurants and a hotel
  • 1,550 Multi-family housing/assisted living units
  • Community open space
  • Fitness trail within Skunk Creek Wash

School & Traffic Concerns

Phoenix North Gateway board member Michelle Ricart expressed concern about the number of multi-family/assisted-living units in the request and the impact on the nearby Deer Valley Unified schools, which are near or at capacity. Wendy Riddell, an attorney representing HonorHealth, said the housing would aim to attract mature buyers without young children. Another HonorHealth representative present said the school district is aware of the plans and has voiced no concerns.

Tramonto resident Carrie Sullivan raised concerns over accessibility to the complex and increased traffic. “You’re putting in 1,550 multi-family housing units in this area… when I feel like we don’t really have an infrastructure in place for that,” Sullivan said. “Tramonto is approximately 900 acres and in that we have 2,100 homes.”

There are currently no plans to extend North Valley Parkway to the north to connect with Carefree Highway, but Riddell said she expects HonorHealth’s impact fees paid to the city would be earmarked for that type of road work.

A potential start date has not been identified, but HonorHealth representatives said they did not expect construction to begin this year. The company also has separate plans for a new health center in Anthem.

Planning Commission Public Meeting
6 p.m., Thursday, April 5
City Council Chambers
200 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, 85007

Help Save Our Community
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and even more so this community. Supporting local businesses during this crisis can help keep our community economically viable. Please strongly consider supporting the businesses below, In&Out Magazine's display advertisers, as well as those in the Classifieds section of the magazine (see the full April 9 issue in PDF form). Many of these businesses have been part of the fabric of this community for two decades, not just serving our professional, service and retail needs but stepping up to support local charities, sports teams and so much more. Tip: If you know you’ll need to schedule a service, consider contacting a local business you trust and paying the standard fee for the deferred service. The links below go to their web sites.

Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates • 602-242-4592
Anthem Senior Living • 602-909-9550
Appliance Pros • 502-501-5501
Business Network of Anthem • 623-455-9630
Carroll Law Firm • 623-551-9366
Century 21 Real Estate - Jeff Huff • 623-223-1221
Creative Home Enhancements • 623-551-5409
Daisy Dream Homes Real Estate • 623-879-3277
Daisy Mountain Dentistry • 623-551-5250
Desert Foothills Air Conditioning • 480-595-0938
Edward Jones • 623-551-0523
Element Dental Centers • 623-551-5555
Hand & Stone Massage • 623-551-6602
Kendallwood Design • 602-252-3844
Kodiak Roofing • 602-501-7717
Luv My PC • 480-703-6609
Merrill Gardens • 623-201-4881
North Valley Water Solutions • 623-551-0515
Preferred Business of Anthem • 623-551-0523 
Prickett Realty • 623-551-8111
ProSkill Services • 623-551-7473
RE/MAX Professionals - Mike Higgins • 623-640-7502
Rise Above Remodeling • 623-551-2013
Soft Water Plus • 623-551-7383
SonoranScapes Landscaping • 602-842-9948
State Farm Insurance - Justin Simons • 623-551-3700
Storage at Anthem • 623-226-8634
Sunset Cabinets • 623-687-6579
Thompson & McGinnis Attorneys at Law • 602-952-2666
Titan Tree Care • 623-444-8448
Titan Pest Control • 623-879-8700
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical • 623-551-6688

For more local businesses, see In&Out Magazine Classifed Ads >>>  
Karen Goveia
NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

Karen Goveia

NoPho resident Karen Goveia joined In&Out Publications in 2009 and is managing editor. Goveia is a Chicagoland native with two decades of experience in the news industry, starting as a reporter for a chain of weekly papers serving Chicago’s suburbs and later serving as managing editor within the chain.

karengoveia has 116 posts and counting.See all posts by karengoveia