south Avondale’s former farmlands

Entrada’s request for a change from low-density residential to medium-density residential was approved, paving the way for 724 new homes in south Avondale’s former farmlands, which are now growing developments instead of vegetables.

Near 107th Avenue and Broadway Road along the eastern edge of Avondale, the air is filled with the unmistakable smell of fertilizer.

This time next year, the earthy aroma coming from the area may be replaced by enticing whiffs of coffee brewing, barbecues grilling and swimming-pool chlorine.

In an area just north of ISM Raceway, the Avondale Planning Commission waved the green flag for a few development projects to surge ahead.

Four neighboring developments are projected to build 6,000 homes.

At the Nov. 21 Planning Commission meeting, Entrada’s request for a change from low-density residential to medium-density residential was approved 4-1, paving the way for 724 new homes instead of the previous 557. 

As with most projects, Entrada’s rezoning requires Avondale City Council approval.

Construction workers are likely to be extremely busy in south Avondale, as Entrada’s neighboring developments include:

Verde Trails, Entrada’s southern neighbor, will have 891 single-family homes.

On the west side of Avondale Boulevard, the massive Alamar — formerly known as Lakin Properties — is planned for nearly 3,700 homes.

Hermosa Ranch, to the north of Alamar, is a proposed community of 1,125 single-family homes.

Hermosa Ranch, Alamar, Verde Trails and Entrada are all south of Lower Buckeye Road and north of West Sunland Avenue.

On the north side of Lower Buckeye Road, Del Rio Ranch is projected to have about 491 single-family homes over five phases.

At the Nov. 21 meeting, the planning commission heard from two other projects north of the southern cluster: Parkside and Roosevelt Park.

Roosevelt Park, at Van Buren Street and 107th Avenue, is a 145-acre development. Roosevelt Park received approval for its second phase of 147 lots.

Parkside received preliminary approval on a planned 662-­lot single-family subdivision. Parkside’s 128 acres are near 99th Avenue and Indian School Road

Most of these are in the early phases, with public meetings and votes needed for construction approval.

Verde Trails, for example, comes before Avondale City Council Monday, Dec. 9, with requests for sewer easements the developer says are no longer needed.

Alamar/Lakin Properties sprawling, decade-long build-out is underway, according to Avondale Planning Manager Brian Craig. “The first phase includes 461 lots,” Craig said. “Site and utility development is currently in progress with home construction anticipated to start (in the) spring or summer 2020.” 

Del Rio Ranch “is currently under construction with 153 lots” being built, Craig said. This is the first of five construction phases planned by Del Rio, with just under 500 homes planned.

Hermosa Ranch, Craig added,  “is a proposed community of 1,125 single-family homes, but is not yet received consideration and approval.”

Hermosa Ranch does not have any hearing dates or meetings scheduled.