City continues to add new housing projects

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DARRELL JACKSON, Glendale Star Reporter
“It’s exciting to know that maybe we won’t be the seventh-largest city (in Arizona), maybe we can get back up to fifth or something if we keep growing like this.” - Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers

Glendale continues to grow as council approves more zoning changes and numerous housing tracts within city limits.
Among the housing tracts recently approved are the Camelback 95, Camelback Village, Northern Ridge Estates, Positano, among the nearly 3,300 homes currently in various stages of review and construction, with nearly 67 percent in the Westgate Sports and Entertainment District.
The largest addition is the Camelback 95 apartment complex near 95th Avenue and Camelback Road, which will include 240 luxury units. Council approved the general plan and zoning text amendment in September and construction is already underway on the project.
“I think the commercial property around it is going to benefit from it, all the way to Westgate and north,” Barrel District Councilman Bart Turner said during an August council meeting. “So, we not only have to have land for retail, we also have to have families that bring home nice paychecks that they can spend in those retail locations, too.”
Camelback Village, near 84th Lane and Camelback Road, will add nearly 53 new homes with two-car garages and standard covered patios. All exterior elevations include a finished surface and concrete tile roofs. Concrete tile roof and ground-mounted mechanical equipment are standard features for all house products.
Mayor Jerry Weiers said both the projects will help business growth in the area.
“It is all on the Glendale side of Camelback Road, which is incredible because we have got that area right there that is currently economically distressed,” Weiers said. “We have an Am/Pm store that went out of business five years ago on one corner and, with these new homes coming in, I think that we have a real strong chance of somebody going back in and opening that store up, and possibly that whole shopping center area. It’s exciting to know that maybe we won’t be the seventh-largest city (in Arizona), maybe we can get back up to fifth, or something, if we keep growing like this.”
All of the projects were approved unanimously and continue the council vision of increased growth within the city limits.
Recent reports about the former parking lot south of Kellis High School, which was used for overflow parking for Arizona Cardinals games before the city completed the new parking lot south of State Farm Stadium, has been in the process for months.
The Planning Commission gave city staff approval for a rezoning of the lot in August, and look into the possible sale of the land for possible new housing or an apartment complex.
The recently approved projects, including the Stonehaven development that was approved last year near Bethany Home Road and 91st Avenue, will bring nearly 4,000 new homes into the city limits.
Among the other recently approved housing are the Deer Valley Vistas, near Union Hills Drive and 51st Avenue, which will add 18 new homes north of Deer Valley High School — one of the smallest new housing tracts to be approved.
The Planning Commission approved numerous new plans during its Oct. 18 meeting that will now be forwarded to council for final approval.
Manistee Ranch will add a 109-unit senior care facility on more than 4.7 acres near 53rd and Haywood avenues, Golden Lane Apartments would add a 192-unit apartment complex near West Alice and 67th avenues; and Paradise Cove will add 17 single-family homes near Paradise Lane and 67th Avenue.

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