Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise discussed inspiration and highlighted city improvements in the State of the City address.
This year’s event was held outdoors at Phoenix Raceway with COVID-19 precautions in place.
Weise acknowledged the challenges brought to Avondale in the past year, highlighting the resiliency in the community and the improvements they accomplished.
“In spite of the challenges and hardships our country faced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Avondale rallied as a community around our residents and businesses, demonstrating resiliency, adaptability, courage, innovation and determination to forge ahead,” Weise said.
Health care was a large area of growth for Avondale, with several new medical buildings under construction.
Phase one of AKOS Medical Building has been completed in the McDowell Road Health Tech corridor, an area that anticipates additional growth.
Avondale can expect to see the health care sector continue to grow, with Clearsky Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital planning to bring new facilities to the city.
Clearsky is expected to open its rehabilitative care center for individuals with disabling injuries or illnesses later this year. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is developing a freestanding emergency department offering 24/7 care to the city.
Weise also discussed the development of The BLVD, a multiuse area that includes shops, restaurants and other amenities. Avari Apartments and The Village at The BLVD are expected to bring more than 500 residential units to this mixed-use district in 2021. Sticking with that topic, Avondale was ranked as the hottest housing market in the Valley. It’s the only city in the state to reach triple-digit growth in residential permits in the last year.
The city expects this growth to continue and anticipates nearly 800 new home builds in 2021.
Rooftops will need amenities. The 30-acre Alamar Park is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
“You’ve seen the investments that we’re making there. That tells developers, that tells people who are going to invest their hard money that the city has a stake in what you’re doing. You should be here, too,” Weise said.
A new fire station is also underway for Avondale at Van Buren Street and 127th Avenue, making it the city’s fifth fire station.
Among the most notable celebrations was the grand opening for the Arizona Complete Health Avondale Resource Center at the Marie Lopez Rogers Complex, providing vital community, housing and human services. The city also completed its expansion of its police headquarters, adding 14,800 square feet of space for a modern property and evidence storage facility.
In Old Town Avondale, four local businesses received improvements with funding provided by the Community Development Block Grant. The businesses were provided with new façades aimed to improve the neighborhood aesthetic, increase energy efficiency of the buildings, and attract new investments to the city.
“Those facilities help us fulfill a commitment that this council made to our residents and our business owners that public safety would come first, and it’s also a commitment to the people who protect us every night and every day,” Weise said.
Despite the challenges faced in the past year, Weise looks forward to what can and will be done.
“We are excited for the next chapter of Avondale’s story to be written,” Weise said.