Babbo Italian Eatery and Goodyear Airport 85

Construction began on Babbo Italian Eatery and Goodyear Airport 85.

Things are happening in Alamar, the biggest thing to happen to Avondale since … forever?

In the Avondale Economic Development report released at the end of 2019, Mayor Kenn Weise said, “We were pleased to welcome a new master-planned community in Avondale. Alamar, located on the southwest corner of Broadway Road and Avondale Boulevard. Ground was cleared for the first phase of 461 lots of a larger 3,695 new home subdivision to open in 2020, a gateway to our city’s southern portion, where the future construction of State Route 30 will connect Loop 303 and Loop 202 south of Interstate 10. Alamar will also feature a new 30-acre regional community park.”

Cut to a year later:

“Alamar, the largest master-planned community to open in the Valley since Eastmark in 2013, welcomed its first residents just two months after the community opened on Oct. 10 in Avondale,” said a press release.

• Welcome to Avondale, Diane DiCarlo and Mike Frickstad.

The couple received their keys Dec. 11 from Shea Homes, the homebuilder of the couple’s new single-story house.

The former Colorado residents will enjoy a winter of not shoveling snow, as well as being 20 minutes from their five grandchildren.

“I was raised in a small town, and this is a big change, but we’re excited about it,” Mike said. “Driving through the streets, it still feels like a small town, but there are so many more possibilities—it’s a new adventure for us.”

The newest Avondalers are quite a creative couple: Mike is an award-winning author of several books, including “The Storyteller,” “Finding Phil” and “The Dream Rescuer.” And Diane has authored her own book, “And God Shows Up: Seeing the Celestial in the Everyday World,” a nonfiction work that reflects on her life experiences while providing inspiring life lessons.

Alamar has sold 125 of the 461 homes available within the first phase of development.

The next phase is expected to open in late 2021. 

Once all phases are complete, Alamar will feature a total 3,695 homes across 1,127 acres.

• Babbo alert!

According to the Goodyear Economic Department, “The long-awaited Babbo Italian Eatery finally broke ground in Goodyear. The restaurant’s opening is expected by summer 2021 at McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway.” 

• More bulldozers at work in Goodyear: Construction started on Goodyear Airport 85.

It’s a “spec” building, meaning the developer will build it and then either sell it or rent it out.

The Opus Group is building a 275,000-square-foot industrial development on Litchfield Road near MC-85, 2 miles south of Interstate 10—just outside the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

“After recently developing more than 1.5 million square feet of industrial space across Goodyear, Opus is leveraging its deep relationships with the city—and extensive knowledge of tenant and market trends—for this project,” according to the Opus website.

Goodyear Airport 85 is planned to be at least 36 feet high with 48 dock doors, four drive-in doors, 180 vehicle stalls and 30 bicycle parking stalls. 

Amazon delivers—and not just games, toys, electronics, etc.

Amazon recently delivered a check it donated of $30,000 to New Life Center, the largest domestic violence shelter in Arizona. 

The money will be allocated to several of the organization’s programs that support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Funds will also be used for the development of NLC’s thrift store, Hope’s Closet.

“Donations from our community and beyond are what keep our doors open to serve some of the most vulnerable families and adults in our state,” said Myriah Mhoon, New Life CEO. “I am beyond thankful for Amazon and their gracious donation to NLC. In the midst of dealing with the pandemic, this donation will be a tremendous help to us this year.”