PHOENIX -- After overcoming a variety of legal challenges, the controversial CityNorth project is facing what could be Arizona's largest commercial foreclosure ever.
The 144-acre development at the corner of 56th Street and Deer Valley Road was supposed to bring upscale shopping to the Loop 101 corridor, but several big-name stores, including Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, have scrapped plans to build -- at least until the economy improves.
Because of that, construction has been completed on only one of the project's three phases -- High Street.
Now the lender, Chicago-based Capmark Finance, has filed foreclosure papers on the development. According to a document filed with the Maricopa County Recorder's Office, a foreclosure auction has been scheduled for March 31.
The developers of CityNorth reportedly owe Capmark, formerly known as GMAC COmmercial, nearly $300 million.