Who’s next in for annexin’?
After expanding swallowing chunks of Maricopa County land on the west side like a whale gobbling minnows, Glendale turned to explore a few nibbles east.
At a recent Glendale City Council workshop, city staff walked council through the idea of annexing 10 acres at the southwest corner of 107th Avenue and Northern Avenue and 3 acres on Northern Avenue east of the Loop 101.
Both sites are near Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.
Looks like Glendale may have beaten neighbor Peoria to the punch on these potentially tax-lucrative land grabs. “The city of Peoria is located across Northern Avenue to the north” of the smaller property, according to agenda material.
According to a Powerpoint for Northern107, the larger of the two properties, development could bring in $883,000 to the city in revenues in the first year alone.
According to minutes of the workshop, “There was council consensus to proceed” on both annexations.
•And now, back to the “go west” quest of City Manager Kevin Phelps and company:
At the March 17 city council meeting, council will vote on the annexation of Bethany 303. The land is at Sarival Avenue and West Claremont Street.
As Business Briefcase has noted, Glendale likes to move fast on these things. As such, though Bethany 303 has still to be annexed, the Planning Commission at 5 p.m. March 18 will consider the developer’s plan for rezoning to allow for “1.25 million square feet of industrial floor space.”
The above reflects the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 19 has been moved to March 18.
•That was nothing, compared to the Cotton Properties rezoning request being moved from March 5 to April 2. The under-the-radar move happened March 4.
Fortunately, Councilwoman Joyce Clark emailed some Litchfield Park and Waddell residents who planned to protest a Love’s Travel Center to let them know about the change.
But not everyone was informed, and several would-be protestors showed up at the March 5 meeting.
Easy way to make everyone happy, in Business Briefcase’s humble opinion:
Instead of a truck stop, how about dropping a Trader Joe’s there?