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The Local Mixed-Use Development

This highly visible, high impact mixed-use project is located at the intersection of University Drive and Ash Avenue in Tempe. 

Anchored by the city’s only Whole Foods Market, The Local strives to be a gathering spot, uniting residents and visitors alike within a dynamic and versatile environment. The overall design blends exposed concrete and brick, distressed and rich wood tones, and living plant and art details to create a warm, authentic and welcoming vibe. Just minutes away from Arizona State University, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Phoenix Zoo and the Tempe Arts Center, everything that Tempe and the Phoenix Metro area have to offer is within reach!

In addition to the abundance of entertainment and services that rest in close proximity to The Local, the options don’t end there. Developed by Forum Real Estate Group, the nine-story structure features 286 luxury residential apartments on the upper five floors that are comprised of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans, all appointed with high-end finishes and sophisticated accents that blend vintage inspiration with modern design to offer occupants something truly unique. Features include natural concrete and exposed ducts, along with Italian tile kitchen backsplashes, quartz countertops, hardwood-style plank flooring, and oversized windows. The residence also houses resort-style pools, a bubbling jet water table, and hot tub, pool courtyard with mister-equipped cabanas, covered grilling and dining areas, indoor/outdoor bar, sound-proof music/entertainment lounge, expansive fitness studio, separate yoga/barre/Zen studio with outdoor terrace, and a cantilevered eighth-floor game and clubroom. The ninth floor features a rooftop sky lounge with a dual-sided fireplace, catering prep kitchen, entertainment/lounge space, and outdoor drink rail to enable residents to capture the breathtaking views. Situated beneath the residential floors are three levels of mechanically ventilated parking and Whole Foods. Every detail was considered in creating a luxury experience from leather panels in the elevators to electric car charging stations in the garage. Whether residents need a quiet place to concentrate, utilizing one of the available private office amenity spaces, or need to fuel up for their next adventure at Whole Foods, The Local has it all.

Situated on an 80,938 square-foot parcel, constructing the 585,423 SF building presented some logistical challenges. With a footprint not much smaller than the size of the site and bordered by two main roads, Ash Street and University Drive, along with railroad tracks on a third side, staging and laydown space was sparse. To effectively utilize this limited space, JE Dunn prepared a detailed site logistics plan that clearly delineated the limits of construction, outlined access to the site, coordinated staging, and articulated sidewalk and/or traffic closures to ensure a well-maintained and managed site from beginning to end. Another challenge to the construction process was the presence of two separate construction firms within the building at the same time. JE Dunn began construction in July 2017, completing the primary building structure and residential buildout along with the installation of the exterior retail elements. John Frank Construction came on to the site in early 2019 to complete the buildout of the Whole Foods Market. JE Dunn worked with John Frank Construction in partnership to carefully coordinate activities.