Neighbors hope new development will help West Valley thrive

PHOENIX — As Maricopa County continues to grow, City of Phoenix-approved zoning aims to help the West Valley thrive.

New development is coming to the area near the 101 Agua Fria Freeway and 99 loopand Avenue, which runs from Thomas Road to the Indian School.

Gene Derie has lived in this area since 1989 and for nearly 14 years served on the planning committee for the village of Maryvale.

When plans were underway to develop the place, called Algodon Center, he and other neighbors wanted a say in what should be there.

Originally slated to be lots of homes, Derie says the committee asked for additional restaurants, retail space and office space, something their community has historically lacked.

“Their dream is for people to be able to shop, live on the West Side, and not have to travel more than 45 minutes to get to work,” Councilwoman Betty Guardado, who represents District 5, said during a recent board meeting. .

The Phoenix City Council recently approved zoning, which also includes a West Mec educational facility.

Derie calls it a step in the right direction, hoping his community of more than 200,000 might one day resemble downtown Tempe and the rest of its East Valley counterparts.

“We just want the same treatment on the west side,” Derie said. “These are diverse neighborhoods, but we all aspire to the same thing, the betterment of our lives, the lives of our children and the lives of our grandchildren if we are lucky enough to have grandchildren. .”

Landowner JF Long Properties told ABC15 that each of the builders appear to be gearing up to start their individual projects later this year. Adding that they are happy with the result and were able to create a project “that meets the goals of the Long family, the builders, the neighborhood and the city as a whole.”

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