CHANDLER, Ariz. -- After serving as an eyesore for years, an unfinished hotel in Chandler finally started coming down Thursday.
Hines, an international real estate firm, began demolishing the Elevation Chandler structure to make room for its mixed-use development, Chandler Viridian.
"This is a great day for Chandler residents, and I'm glad that we can finally begin looking towards the future on this site," Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. "This is a signature intersection for our city, and Chandler residents deserve to have a quality project located there."
Hines has been working on its new development for nearly two years, delayed by legal complications related to the incomplete Elevation Chandler project.
But the company said the legal process is complete, and the unfinished building on the northwest corner of the Loop 101 and Loop 202 interchange should be completely removed within 24 hours of the start of demolition.
"After following through with our commitment to remove the unfinished Elevation Chandler structure, Hines is thrilled to move forward with Chandler Viridian, an exciting mixed-used development that promotes walkability with a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center," said Chris Anderson, managing director and local city leader for Hines.
Chandler Viridian will include a hotel, apartments, retail shops, office space and a central plaza.