A new housing tract approved by the Phoenix City Council will assist Glendale with the completion of a long-standing and uncompleted road near Camelback Ranch-Glendale baseball stadium.
Ball Park Boulevard, which runs west of the stadium, will be completed by Mattamy Homes in its residential housing project. The extension will connect Camelback Road on the south to Maryland Avenue to the north and relieve traffic to the stadium. Mattamy Homes’ share of the road construction is $850,000 and, if the extension is completed within two years, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox (tenants of Camelback Ranch-Glendale) will add a combined $150,000.
Representing Matamy Homes at the Phoenix City Council meeting, Rose Law Group President Jordan Rose said, “This road extension will remove traffic from 107th Avenue and it will allow better flow of traffic to the stadium on days of events. That is what this is really all about.”
Although it had originally opposed the project, Phoenix City Council approved the new 67-acre, 207-unit housing development north of the stadium, just east of the Glendale border with Phoenix, with support from the city of Glendale.
Glendale Planning Administrator David Williams said officials of Glendale Municipal Airport, which is nearby, voiced concerns that residents of the new housing tract would complain about noise from the airport.
The agreement between Mattamy Homes and the city of Phoenix includes stipulations that residents will not be allowed to complain about noise emanating from the airport.
The city of Phoenix also added stipulations that the airport would keep decibel levels below 40-45. Glendale Aviation Commission members also voiced concerns that the development would increase noise complaints about the airport, as takeoffs and landings would be near the new houses.
Representatives of Mattamy Homes also said the housing tract’s homeowner’s association would notify anyone who purchases homes in the area that there would be noise issues pertaining to the airport and they would be fined if they complained about noise.
“The Glendale Airport Aviation Commission has called this an innovative solution,” Rose said. “In fact, one of the aviation board members said he was going to take it across the country to show what we’ve done with the airport. And we really thank them. They’ve been great partners to work with on this.”
Glendale was originally expected to complete Ball Park Boulevard a few years ago, but when the economic downturn occurred, the extension was delayed for years. The road is currently the only access to the stadium and dead-ends at the stadium.
“It wasn’t like this was going to get built anyhow in the next five years,” Rose said. “It hasn’t happened for an extended period of time and this will assist everyone.”
A lawyer representing the Dodgers and White Sox, John Kaites, told Phoenix City Council that the teams were originally opposed to the new housing tract, but have changed their positions with the completion of the road.
Kaites said. with the added access to the north (with the completion of Ball Park Boulevard), “we are putting up money if the road gets completed on time and are very optimistic that this will happen based on the partnership today.”
The property was originally part of Glendale’s purchase of property that became Camelback Ranch-Glendale, and there were major plans for commercial development or possibly a resort before the economic downturn, when Glendale ended up selling the land instead.