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Downtown Chandler’s future growth looks bright

July 20th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Downtown Chandler’s future growth looks bright
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By mayor jay tibshraeny

Contributor

Downtowns can define cities. While neighborhoods and employment corridors strongly add to a city’s success, city centers are often what create a city’s character – good or bad.

I recently delivered the annual State of the Downtown address during the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership’s annual breakfast. I can tell you the future of our city core has never looked brighter.

I want to thank the DCCP membership (which is made up primarily of downtown property owners) for the patience they have shown as we continue to enhance the downtown through a number of capital projects.

These are projects that have put a strain on a number of them. But it is work that will continue to build on the positive, long-term vision we all share for the area.

Over the past several years, the city has spent millions in infrastructure, helping to drive private investment. The money paid for projects that included the recently completed work on Commonwealth Avenue and Dakota Street.

The Arizona Avenue enhancement project from Frye to Pecos roads is at about 50 percent completion. Up until now, most of the work has been underground.

But, we’ll soon start to see the aesthetic side to this project – to include street lighting, plantings, pedestrian amenities and monument signage – bringing a more urban feel to this important gateway for downtown. We expect work to be finished in the fall.

At about the same time, Flix Brewhouse theaters, as well as two restaurants, Camp Social and Over Easy, will open at the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue.

The development also includes 17,000 square feet of office and a new 350-stall parking garage. Phase II of this project will include additional office development, which is critical, as our existing downtown businesses continue to expand.

LGE, the developer of Overstreet, is also working with the city on a development agreement for the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, and we hope to see that agreement come before the City Council in the near future

We are excited to work with developer Spike Lawrence on the project known as Site 6, just west of City Hall.

Phase I will begin soon with 47,000 square feet of office space and 8,700 square feet of new commercial area.

It has also spurred the construction of another parking garage to feature more than 900 spaces. Future phases include a hotel and an office tower of five to eight stories – again, adding a vital office component that is in such high demand.

It is a great example of how we continue to see this private investment move out from the historic square.

That includes the QuartHaus, which recently opened at the old ICAN building on Washington and Chicago streets. Other new developments expanding away from the square include Donovan’s Bike Shop, FLO Yoga & Cycle, Faithlife software and Safety Professionals, which moved into the space just south of the QuartHaus.

Each year, it seems we see a handful of new restaurants moving into the city core and this past year has been no different.

Ghett’ Yo’ Taco, West Alley BBQ, The Local, Las Palmas Cantina, Puro Cigar Bar and Even Stevens have all opened since last summer.

Peixoto Coffee, a fixture to Downtown Chandler since 2015, is expanding its business with a new production facility in Uptown Chandler with 8,000 square feet of industrial space, and San Tan Brewery has now opened its second location in the Valley.

Now serving in my final term as mayor, I can truly say that the continued development and success of downtown has been one of my proudest moments in office.

As I have said in the past, downtown Chandler was a special, even magical place to me growing up. It continues to be such a place today.

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