The northernmost point in Phoenix, a vacant stretch of desert, could soon become a housing community

This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic.

A vacant stretch of desert on the east side of Interstate 17 just past Anthem is the northernmost point in Phoenix, and it’s about to be developed.

Bela Flor, a Mesa-based developer, wants to turn the 114 acres north of Circle Mountain Road into apartments, single-family house rentals, townhomes and for-sale houses as employment growth in north Phoenix drives demand for more housing. In total, 1,116 units are planned.

In sprawling Phoenix, the property is about 30 miles from downtown — but near Loop 303 and the 17, where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is opening a massive chip manufacturing plant in 2024.

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