Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Glendale Main Street gets unanimous approval

Glendale is on a roll. The area along Loop 101 is being developed faster that just about anyone expected. It wasn't too long ago that Loop 101 didn't even exist. Then it was a stretch of freeway completely surrounded by farmland. Then Glendale Arena was built. Then construction exploded, with the Arizona Cardinals stadium, Westgate, Zanjero, and several hotels and parking structures going up simultaneously and (what seems like) overnight. Last month we heard about the Bidwills' plans to build a skyscraper in the area.

This week the City Planning Commission unanimously approved plans to develop Main Street, a 166-acre project on the west side of Loop 101 between Glendale Ave and Bethany Home Rd. This project will coincide with Gateway and the (hopefully) new Spring Training facility. It is expected to generate another 8,000 to 9,000 jobs, which would help to fortify Glendale as an employment hub.

People are comparing Main Street to the Arizona Biltmore and Desert Ridge centers in Phoenix – pretty lofty expectations! They say dirt could start moving within 6-8 months.

If everything comes together as planned, Glendale is going to be a serious contender in The Valley for decades to come. It'll be interesting to see if everyone works together to accomplish a community goal, or if political infighting and money squabbles will make this just another Phoenix-area "could have been..."

Read the entire article here.

- Chris Butterworth