Construction set to start on Gilbert adaptive reuse project
After years of planning and preparation, the owners of an old potato barn southeast of Phoenix in Gilbert are ready to start turning the empty structure into a multimillion-dollar mixed-use retail and restaurant development.
The plan is to transform the 20,000-square-foot barn beginning this fall into a multi-tenant space and then build three additional buildings on the three-acre property.
The barn — on Williams Field Road in Gilbert, south of the Loop 202 between Higley and Recker roads — was built in 1966 to store potatoes. Since then, it has had many lives including as a furniture showroom for the Potato Barn, which moved into a new space in 2011. Then in 2013, the property was purchased by Destiny Christian Church, through its entity Generations Church Inc., for $1.1 million. But the church never moved in.
In 2015, the property was purchased for $2 million by the Smith family, which also owns and operates Central Arizona Supply, a wholesale plumbing and HVAC distributor founded in 1968.
The project has been talked about for years, but in June the Gilbert Town Council approved plans to develop the project and construction is set to begin this fall and be complete in the summer of 2021. The Smith family is calling the project Higley Barns.
“It has always been our vision to create a community-focused collection of restaurants, shops and home products in a landmark location that has such history in Gilbert,” Jeremy Smith, co-owner of Central Arizona Supply, said in a statement. “The Higley Barns will become a mercantile for goods, services, history, art, music, entertainment and culinary, all within a gathering place that enriches the surrounding community in a meaningful way.”
This will be the first real estate development project from the owners of Central Arizona Supply.
Central Arizona Supply, which has 12 locations around the Valley, will have two different operations at Higley Barns. It will occupy 10,000 square feet of the main barn for a high-end showroom. It will also be opening a plumbing supply and parts counter and warehouse in a 8,000-square-foot building.
The rest of the spaces will be filled with restaurants, shops or entertainment tenants. The Smith family has hired Lee & Associates Arizona to manage the leasing and potential sales of the mixed-use space.
Higley Barns was designed by Phoenix-based Brick & West.
Less than a mile from Higley Barns is the Post at Cooley Station, a multi-tenant retail center, under construction at the southeast corner of Recker and Williams Field roads in Gilbert. A Fry’s Marketplace will be the shopping center’s anchor tenant. Construction is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2020.
At the southwest corner of Recker and Williams Field roads, a mixed-use project dubbed Verde at Cooley Station, is proposed. It will include medical, retail, restaurants, hotel and residential on 24 acres.