PHOENIX—Watt Communities of Arizona has doubledits Phoenix project pipeline and brought its total localconstruction commitment to more than $21 million with theannouncement of two new urban infill communities: The Enclaveat 32nd Street and 16 Ocotillo. The movegrows the company's local presence and expands its productofferings to include single-family detached homes and urbantownhomes in close-in suburban neighborhoods.

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“We now have four flags on the map representing two conceptsthat we are extremely proud of and excited to bring to Phoenix,”says Steve Pritulsky, president and CEO of Watt.“They are all decidedly infill locations and will featureinnovative indoor-outdoor living styles that today's buyers arelooking for.”

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The Enclave at 32nd Street is located on3.46 acres just south of the southwest corner of32nd Street and Cactus Road, in the Paradise ValleyMall area of North Phoenix.

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Scheduled to break ground in late 2014, The Enclave includes 31two-story, single-family detached homes ranging from approximately1,700 to 2,200 square feet.

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“This development is based on aprivate drive design developed by our partners in California, andis a unique concept here in Arizona,” says PaulTimm, COO of Watt. “Havingjust one point of entry for the community adds a level of privacyand allows residents to own a small oasis within a bustling urbancorridor. It is innovative housing in and active location, but alsopeaceful.”

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The second community, 16 Ocotillo, sits on 2.8 acres at thesouthwest corner of 16th Street and Ocotillo Road,between Maryland and Glendale avenues in North Central Phoenix.

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Pritulskytells GlobeSt.com,"Infillprojects provide exciting opportunities. Our mindset is: we're notin it because it's trendy. We're in it because we think it's a bigpart of housing's future."

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Pritulsky says it's very challenging to find infillopportunities. "There are not a lot of sites. The more built out anarea is, the harder it gets. Future opportunities for us mayinclude repurposing or tear-down locations, or even looking atrepurposing retail for a mixed-use project. There is a lot of pricepressure on infill land."

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In late 2013, Scottsdale-based New LeafCommunities and Watt Communities of Santa Monica announcedtheir joint venture (Watt Communities of Arizona) and entered thePhoenix market with two inaugural projects: Dorsey Lane, a51-unit townhome project located in central Tempe (just south ofthe southwest corner of Broadway Road and Dorsey Lane),and Biltmore Living, a 40-unit townhome project located in theCamelback Corridor (less than a mile south of24th Street and Camelback Road).

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Those communities will provide contemporary, three-story urbantownhomes ranging in size from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet.

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“These are urban locations within established employment cores,”says Pritulsky. “They match the quality and vibrancy of theirneighborhoods, and will allow residents to move from renting toowning without giving up their urban lifestyle.”

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