The COVID-19 pandemic is not slowing down a housing market as hot as summer.
As a story in the Aug. 5 West Valley View showed, sales taxes in the area have increased, despite business slowdowns and shutdowns related to the coronavirus spread.
Based on plans in Buckeye, Goodyear and southwest Glendale/Litchfield Park, thousands of new residents will be shopping at local stores and eating at restaurants.
On Aug. 14, according to commercial real estate site Vizzda.com, First Industrial Realty Trust bought 840 acres formerly known as Allen Ranches for $70 million.
Glendale recently annexed the land, which stretches from West Bethany Road to the north and West Camelback Road to the south, with Cotton Lane and Citrus Road as east and west borders.
Litchfield Park and Waddell neighbors howled in protest over the plans to develop the sprawling farmland into hundreds of homes and a large industrial project.
The protests fell on deaf ears, as Glendale City Council approved the annexation and tentative development plan for about 200 acres of home development and 600 acres of industrial development. Allen Ranches plans a staggering 9 million square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space, with construction costs of more than $50 million, according to a presentation.
The Allen Ranches development is across Camelback Road from parts of Goodyear and Litchfield Park.
Six miles south on Cotton Lane, Goodyear ponders another phase of a massive residential development in the southwest portion of the city.
At its Aug. 24 meeting, Goodyear City Council was expected to approve plans for El Cidro Parcels 4 and 5.
The two parts of the El Cidro development are bordered by Cotton Lane and 169th Avenue to the west and east and West Lower Buckeye Road and West Elwood Street to the north and south.
A preliminary plan for developing 328 acres of El Cidro into 1,260 single-family homes was approved in 2014. The first three parcels were later approved “and are currently under development,” according to the Aug. 24 agenda packet.
Asked how many El Cidro houses have been built, Corinne Holliday, a city spokeswoman, responded, “We don’t have the numbers on the amount of individual homes.”
Also at its Aug. 24 meeting, Goodyear City Council was expected to approve plans for Sparrow Goodyear (145th Avenue south of McDowell Road), Canyon Trails (West Yuma Road and 173rd Avenue) and two Estrella development projects (South Estrella Parkway between South San Miguel Drive and West Westar Drive).
Just south of Goodyear, one of the country’s fastest-growing cities is keeping up the hot home pace.
At its Aug. 18 meeting, Buckeye City Council approved plans for more than 700 homes to be built.
Buckeye gave the green light to two Canyon Views developments—totaling around 150 homes—near Bethany Home Road and Jackrabbit Trail.
And the Mayfield development on 150 acres at Apache Road and Southern Avenue was approved—with 572 homes headed to Buckeye.