Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise spoke at an Alamar groundbreaking event last year. The community plans to open by the end of this year.

The West Valley is indeed “open for business.”

At an Aug. 24 WESTMARC online event, the developers of two huge projects—a residential community in Avondale and an industrial park in Glendale—talked about moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WESTMARC Economic Development Committee Co-Chairman Mike Hoover said the monthly event is meant to stimulate economic activity and promote present and future industry development in the West Valley.

“I am seeing a shift in priorities, a shift in the quality of conversation that we are having about projects and the way that we are pursuing those projects,” Hoover said. “We have two very different projects, but both of them speak to the quality that we are seeing come into the West Valley.”

Alamar, a master-planned community located just north of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, includes 461 homes in six neighborhoods. It is 3 miles south of Interstate 10 near Avondale Boulevard and Dysart Road, according to Brookfield Residential Director of Marketing Garilyn Bourgeois.

“It’s always exciting to bring a community to the greater Phoenix marketplace,” Bourgeois said. “Jobs are still plentiful, and you’ve got large companies that are coming and relocating.” 

Alamar targets young families.

“Research shows that many of these upwardly mobile couples are continuing to come into the area and then a lot of growing families that are expanding and now able to afford a little more housing for their third child or their mother-in-law that’s moving in,” said Roger Theis, Brookfield Residential director of development.

“It’s really a true destination for Avondale, and we’re looking at a community rare that pays homage to the area, as well as the traditions of the West Valley.”

Theis said Alamar will feature an amphitheater, multiple ball fields and a fishing lake at a 40-acre park. Plans include a new school in the Littleton District Elementary School District.

Alamar plans to open later this year.

Park Aldea

Trammell Crow Company Vice President Ryan Norris discussed plans for a new industrial project known as Park Aldea west of 99th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale. 

Four buildings will total 356,000 square feet.

Norris said the project targets corporate headquarters and also has been designed to accommodate manufacturing use. He said Trammell Crow is trying to capitalize on the West Valley’s growing economy.

He said Park Aldea construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.