Located between Interstate 15 and State Route 59, the project, built by SunCor Development Company, involves 2,200 acres of state trust lands in the cities of Washington and Hurricane.
Approximately 3,000 homes were planned, when the project got under way in 1999, to be like the Main Street USA of yesterday, according to a July 12, 1999 news release from Coral Canyon developers. The project included town homes with rear alley parking, custom home sites, quality affordable homes, luxury rental housing, a village center, along with commercial and regional commercial areas.
Each neighborhood has a centered identifying theme such as school, church or park with the highest density near the center and the lowest near the perimeters. “Grandma and Grandpa can live within walking distance to the grandchildren, the news release stated.
The project includes single story homes and two-story luxury multi-family units, along with an 18-hole public golf course. Near the golf course is the Holiday Inn Express hotel.
Scattered throughout the neighborhoods is an elementary school, and an LDS chapel, along with small commercial. Local land planner Ira Hodges “meticulously located the neighborhoods within the interesting rock outcropping and other interesting topography leaving over 50 percent open space.
In the 1999 news release, the developers of Coral Canyon stated that “Coral Canyon will expand the vision that communities can be built to encourage neighbors to walk and perhaps to get to know each other. Homes will be built closer to the street…. Schools, shopping, restaurants, golf and other recreation centers are all within walking distance. It is a place where the needs of people, not cars, come first.”
“Coral Canyon will be a ‘back to the future’ community where the choice will be easy. Walking improves our health, lets us get acquainted with our neighbors and provides an economical way to the nearby amenities,” the news release states.
To connect the Coral Canyon project, which straddles both sides of S.R. 9, SunCor built a graded road underpass at a cost of $3 million, according to a The Spectrum new article.
SunCor Development is a subsidiary of Pinnacle West Phoenix, a publicly held company based in Phoenix, Ariz., which has developed a 21,000 acre project in New Mexico and a 12,000 acre project in the Phoenix area, Coral Canyon officials stated in 1999.