Neighbors hope new development will help West Valley flourish

PHOENIX — As Maricopa County continues to develop, zoning accredited by the town of Phoenix is aiming to help the West Valley flourish.

New development is coming to the realm close to the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway and 99th Avenue, stretching from Thomas Road to Indian School.

Gene Derie has lived in that space since 1989 and for nearly 14 years has served on the Maryvale Village Planning Committee.

When plans had been underway to develop the spot, known as the Algodon Center, he together with different neighbors wished a say on what ought to be there.

Originally set to be loads of homes, Derie says the committee requested for added eating places, retail and office areas, one thing traditionally lacking from their group.

“Their dream is to have people be able to shop, be able to live on the west side and not have to travel more than 45 minutes to get to work,” mentioned Councilmember Betty Guardado, who represents District 5, throughout a latest council meeting.

Phoenix City Council lately accredited the zoning, which additionally features a West Mec Education Facility.

Derie calls it a step in the fitting course, hoping his group of over 200,000 might sometime be like downtown Tempe and the remainder of his East Valley counterparts.

“We just want the same treatment on the west side,” Derie mentioned. “These are diverse neighborhoods, but we’re all striving for the same thing the betterment of our lives and our kids’ lives and our grandkids lives if we’re fortunate to have grandkids.”

The landowner, J.F. Long Properties, tells ABC15 that every of the builders seem like getting ready to begin their particular person tasks later this year. Adding, they’re happy with the end result and had been capable of create a project “that meets the goals of the Long family, the builders, the neighborhood and the overall city.”

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