High-End Retail Space Reveals Design Details & New Amenities for Residents

The highly anticipated mixed-use development is slated to open fall 2021


Epicenter, the high-end, vertically integrated mixed-use community and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia®, is progressing on schedule with construction since its groundbreaking in January. The development is slated to welcome residents in the fall of 2021. The multi-family units feature state-of-the-art amenities and thoughtfully curated design details that will capture the essence of the Agritopia® community.

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Epicenter will feature 320 apartment homes that will appeal to a broad spectrum of residents seeking a walkable lifestyle within the vibrant community. In addition to the previously announced amenities, including the maker’s space and demonstration kitchen, residents will have access to ample co-working space and conference room replicating a greenhouse and paying homage to Gilbert’s farm life. There will also be a resort-style pool complete with cabanas, a dedicated yoga lawn, a high-end fitness facility with live-streaming classes, and a spacious dog park. At Epicenter, Residents can expect convenient covered parking, garages with electric charging stations and elevator access for every building. Package lockers and food storage and delivery lockers will be located in the lobby to eliminate non-resident foot traffic beyond secured areas. Epicenter will also feature a fully secured bike storage and repair shop, so residents can conveniently explore the community without the need of a vehicle.

“Capturing the magic of the Agritopia® community when designing Epicenter was very important to our team,” said Greg Nadeau, StreetLights Residential’s vice president of development. “We recognize the uniqueness of Agritopia and the Gilbert community as a whole, and this is reflected in the meticulous details of the design. We aren’t just building multi-family units; we are building people’s homes and the final phase of a thriving community.”

The residences will include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom living options and range in size from 504 square feet to 1,600 square feet. All units feature 10-feet ceilings, 8 -foot doors, granite countertops, undermount stainless steel sinks, upgraded GE stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets*, large exterior balconies*, dimmable decorative lighting, under cabinet lighting, urban mudrooms and two beautiful finish schemes to provide a custom home experience for each resident.  

Epicenter will consist of some of the tallest buildings in Gilbert, featuring sweeping views of the San Tan and Superstition Mountains. Epicenter’s retail space will house beloved local and regional brands that are experts in their craft and considered by many to be best in their class. Current retailers include Beer BarnMatt’s Big BreakfastGadzooksPeixoto CoffeeBunky Boutique, Wylde Salon, Hooligan’s Barbershop, Vintage Home and The Fit Collective workout community.

“It’s been wonderful to witness the progress of Epicenter in spite of the challenges presented in 2020,” said William Johnston, CEO of Johnston & Co. “Gilbert is developing at an incredible rate, and we believe Epicenter is raising the bar for our town and will positively impact the community for many years to come. Our partners at StreetLights Residential have done an incredible job capturing the heart and soul of Agritopia® and translating that into the design at Epicenter.”

The project is the capstone to complete Agritopia® and designed to cater to residents of all ages. Epicenter pays tribute to the property’s agrarian past and present — Agritopia® includes an 11.3-acre organic farm — and each building is uniquely designed to further the sense of a community coming together. Whether a child, young adult, family or senior, Epicenter is the place to call home, dine and shop. It’s where heritage, health and home meet and where experiences are made, shared and remembered.

Epicenter is an exceptional residential and retail destination in the heart of Agritopia®, the highly regarded mixed-use development that has helped redefine the community of Gilbert, Arizona. It’s designed to be a place where people from across generations gather, with a focus on healthy living and distinctive dining and retail experiences. Epicenter features 320 units of elevated apartment living with uncommon amenities that will appeal to a broad spectrum of residents seeking a vibrant living community. The residences are situated above a diverse mix of retailers, from premier health and wellness brands to top eateries and locally owned artisan shops. The community will include one-, two- and three-bedroom living options and more than 49,000 feet of retail space in a health-focused, walkable environment.

Established in 1960, Johnston & Co. is a multi-disciplinary development firm that focuses on agriculture, manufacturing, food and communities. Simply said, they make things and places. The Founder of Johnston & Co. is well-known Valley entrepreneur Joe Johnston. The CEO of Johnston & Co. is his son, William Johnston.

StreetLights Residential specializes in new urbanist apartment homes and mixed-use developments. With in-house development, design, and construction expertise, the StreetLights team focuses on custom luxury communities which rival the experience, lifestyle and amenities of living in an urban boutique hotel. StreetLights has numerous urban infill projects throughout the country with more than 13,000 multifamily units completed, in progress or projected in 11 cities across five states. Since StreetLights’ inception in 2011, the company has grown to more than 150 employees in its development and construction companies and has offices in Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix and San Diego.

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