In 2006 I wrote that condo enthusiasm
is alive and well in Tempe, Arizona "despite a market that is showing some serious instability." Allow me to eat those words, the project I wrote about as a sign of that enthusiasm, Centerpoint Condominiums, has now fallen into foreclosure. The concrete, glass and steel projected called for a pair of 30-story towers with around 800 units ranging in size from small studios to large penthouses. Amenities included a swimming pool, hot tub that has a sand beach entry, cabana bar, café and grocery store. Instead the project floundered and still awaits completion.
An auction date has been set for April. The property once owned by Tempe Land Co. could be sold to the highest bidder. According to the Arizona Republic
, ML Manager LLC, acting on behalf of investors, filed for foreclosure and placed the unpaid principal of condo developer Tempe Land Co. LLC at $135 million.
This makes the second major Arizona development foreclosure in just a couple of weeks. Capmark Finance filed to foreclose on the High Street section of Phoenix's ambitious CityNorth project
. CityNorth is a 144-acre development that was to be a network of neighborhoods with shops, cafes and parks amid the residential space. A foreclosure auction date for High Street is set for March 31.