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:
Northern 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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.