Friendship Village of Tempe Addition, Arizona

After the successful completion of Phase 1 in 2021, Friendship Village of Tempe’s six-phase masterplan continues with Phase 2, replacing an existing, outdated independent living building to appeal to the baby boomer generation of incoming residents. The addition will provide the community with a five-story, 64-unit independent living building with a rooftop destination restaurant and brew house called Starfire.

With its proximity to Sedona, Friendship Village of Tempe boasts a dynamic art scene. The overall design for the resort-style community is vibrant and modern, with an artistic influence. Residents are given a choice of nine different floor plans, including one- and two-bedroom options. Units will include a full kitchen, balcony, study, and fireplace.  Taking customization to the next level, the community offers endless possibilities. With a catalog of finishes to pick from, residents have a choice of three standard palettes and countless upgrade options including different lighting, cabinet colors, wood tones, counter tops, backsplashes, and hardware. Residents can personalize their homes to reflect their style.

Hospitality-influenced amenity spaces

Taking a cue from the upscale restaurants, craft breweries, and rooftop venues baby boomers enjoy, the Starfire restaurant will feature a hospitality-inspired design. Maximizing the panoramic desert and Tempe city views was a design priority. Floor-to-ceiling glass and panel sliding doors open from the restaurant to an outdoor patio.

The finishes and color palette also embrace the indoor-outdoor aesthetic, combining a rich palette of desert-inspired neutrals with moody blues, greens, warm terra cotta oranges, gilded copper accents, and natural wood.


While the restaurant’s interior provides a serene environment, the patio is focused on entertainment, with a stage area for live music, yard games, fire pits, and a variety of table and lounge seating. The adjacent brew house is visible from the patio and restaurant.

The restaurant and patio are filled with commissioned artwork and hand-painted murals. For example, Starfire’s interior boasts an abstract desertscape mural and the patio features a beer-inspired mural to balance an elegant fine-dining experience and an energetic outdoor oasis.

Friendship Village of Tempe Addition project details

Location: Tempe, Ariz.

Completion date: October 2023

Owner – Friendship Village Tempe, an Arizona not-for-profit corporation

Developer – LCS Development

Total building area: 142,619 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: $39.5 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $273.46

Architecture firm: Ryan A+E Inc.

Interior design: Spellman Brady & Co

General contractor: Ryan Construction

Engineers: Buesing Corp. (civil), Meyer | Borgman | Johnson (structural)