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Expand and Relocate

Current Projects and Initiatives

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The Entertainment District of Peoria has been the home for the Mariners and Padres spring training since 1993. An Urban Redesign Master Plan for the 570-acre District was adopted by City Council in 2010 to enhance this already strong community asset by increasing density, establishing a district identity, and creating a sense of place.

Located adjacent to the Loop 101 at Bell Road, the area has tremendous visibility. 2009 Average Daily Traffic on the Loop 101 was 127,000 and on Bell Road was 68,952. Current redevelopment projects will add over 2,000 spaces in parking garages and 500,000 SF in mixed use development.

P83 is home to several community and area icons including:

  • Arizona Broadway Theatre, Skye, and Harkins TheatreRestaurant Row – over 30 restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are located in the area
  • Over 1 million square feet of shopping
  • Skunk Creek recreational area
Medical Device Incubator
“The city has entered into a management contract with BioAccel to leverage their expertise and reputation in the medical device/bioscience community as well as to provide the necessary energy to enable the successful launch and management of the city incubator. This partnership will significantly advance the economic development goal of the incubator, provide for greater opportunities for promotion nationwide and create jobs in the future.  The operating agreement provides BioAccel with funding for the operation, management, oversight and services part of the incubator program, as well as seed funding capital for loans and investments in bioscience technology and eligible businesses housed within Bioinspire.” Incubator Logo

Northern Peoria

Vistancia Corporate CampusNorthern Peoria represents the new frontier for the city. Tens of thousands of acres of pristine land got major freeway access when the Loop 303 opened in spring of 2011, connecting Interstate 10 to Interstate 17. This area is planned to be a large employment center for the region, and the city has designated planning and zoning uses that range from business and industrial parks to master-planned communities.

The Vistancia Commercial Core is composed of 500 acres of privately-owned, commercially-zoned land that is fully entitled and shovel ready. The land, which is part of the Vistancia master-planned community, is along the Loop 303 in northern Peoria and is the premiere "mega site" in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Redevelopment

The Revitalization of Old Town Peoria is the city’s plan to restore the historic district and breathe new life into the established downtown. A concerted effort is currently being undertaken to attract redevelopment and reinvestment in the area.

  • The city adopted a Commercial Rehabilitation Program in October 2010 to assist with the rehabilitation of commercial properties. The first property to go through the program is Wagoner Plaza 1 on Peoria and 85th Avenues. The project is expected to be completed in April 2012. 
  • The city issued a development Statement of Qualications for both the 25 acres of the Peoria Town Center on 83rd and Peoria Avenues and for the Washington Street properties adjacent to Osuna Park. For more information, please call Paul Zampini at 623-773-7642 or email at paul.zampini@peoriaaz.gov.

The city has also invested several million dollars in Capital Improvement Programs for the Old Town, which included landscaping and streetscaping projects, undergrounding power lines, roadway improvements, and the building of parks and public open spaces.

Rovey Industrial Park

Peoria's second "mega site" is the Rovey Industrial Park, with over 300 acres of prime industrial real estate in the well-developed southern tip of the city. The area sits along the BNSF rail line into Phoenix and is adjacent to the Peoria Industrial Park, the Butler Water Reclamation Facility, and the Agua Fria Generating Station. Water is in abundant supply throughout the site, making it ideal for manufacturing and industrial projects.

University Recruitment

In January 2010, Peoria completed a feasibility study and market analysis on attracting higher learning institutions to the city. The results of the study identified three key points:

  1. The city met or exceeded many of the requirements that such institutions look for when they consider branch campuses
  2. Total of 108 higher education institutions in the Valley (public and private) – only 26 in the West Valley (west of I-17) and NONE in Peoria
  3. Programs that are either not available or in limited supply exist in these areas and there are abundant opportunities for NEW advanced degree programs, particularly in these areas:
  • Aviation/Aerospace
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Veterinarian Medicine
  • Natural Resources/Water
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Sustainable Technology/Alternative Energy
  • Hospitality/Tourism
  • Visual Arts
  • Business
  • Engineering

In its commitment to a recruitment strategy, the city has identified 4 sites that are available for university development. The landowners and developers of those sites are interested in forming a private-private-public partnership with the city and a university to build out the site according to the needs of the institution, which is a proven cost-effective and efficient way to expand an existing brand of an accredited institution.