As the big races of NASCAR Championship Weekend are coming soon at Phoenix Raceway in south Avondale, it’s fitting that developers are revving their engines for multiple Avondale projects, including homes, hotels, restaurants and shops.
Avondale’s “The BLVD” will soon feature a $5 million "Water Features Project," if Avondale City Council approves an agreement with Willmeng Construction for the project.
Update: According to the city, "The City Council approved $4.8 million for a massive project at The BLVD that will showcase a noteworthy water feature/lake that is approximately 0.8 acres. . . . This water feature will be surrounded by walkways, a pedestrian bridge, and commercial and residential developments shaping an urban central open space for visitors, businesses, and residents living in The BLVD. Also at the entrance will be two water features that will create a sense-of-arrival at the intersection of Avondale Boulevard and The BLVD. These water features are approximately 2,500 square feet each and design elements may include decorative walls, landscaping, signage, and fountain-like elements. The cost includes the roads, water, piping, sewer and lighting for Park Ave, 114th Avenue and the east-west connector road."
The project’s overall cost includes the design, engineering, pre-construction, construction, infrastructure, utilities, permit and plan review fees, and amenities.
At its Oct. 19 meeting, council also was to hear a request by Fulton Homes on a proposed 150-acre planned development at 99th Avenue and Thomas Road.
According to the agenda packet, “The proposed Fulton Homes Acclaim PAD will allow for a 581--lot, master-planned, single--family development at a density of approximately 4.0 dwelling units per acre.”
Council was also to hear a request at the meeting for a rezoning from agricultural to commerce park at Eliseo C. Felix Jr. Way near Interstate 10, which would clear a path for construction of Best Western and Microtel hotels.
Two weeks earlier, at its Oct. 5 meeting, Avondale City Council waved the green flag for Optimus Design Group’s plan on 28 acres of undeveloped land at McDowell Road and Harbor Shores Boulevard.
Phase 3 of the development plans a Barrio Queen upscale Mexican restaurant, Mountainside Fitness gym and retail shops.
Previously developed phases include Main Event family entertainment center and restaurants (Jack in the Box, Portillo’s, Jersey Mike’s, Ahipoki Bowl and Rubio’s Coastal Grill).
Not far away, Avondale Townhomes on Dysart, a proposed 217-unit residential development, is planned at McDowell Road and 117th Avenue.
Avondale City Council approved a plan for the 30-acre site.
And council green lighted Crystal Cove, at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and La Canada Boulevard in Historic Avondale.
According to agenda information, “This location is ideal for an urban multifamily community that will synergize with the surrounding area.”
When complete, Crystal Cove will be a 16-building, 238-unit apartment complex.
Perhaps some of the new residents will work at a warehouse planned at 99th Avenue and Pierce Street.
Avondale City Council approved a request to develop 10 acres to include buildings 44 feet high “to provide sufficient clear heights for storage and racking systems required by today’s modern warehouse users.”