city of Glendale

Glendale City Council approved residential and commercial developments at its Dec. 8 meeting.

Glendale is ending the year the way it began 2020: by greenlighting growth.

After approving multiple annexations and one large development after another throughout the last dozen months, Glendale City Council gave thumbs up Dec. 8 to a major residential project.

City council unanimously approved a final plan for the Village at Thunderbird.

The L-shaped, 53-acre community is bordered by 55th Avenue to the east and 59th Avenue to the west. 

“For many years, the property was part of the campus for the former Thunderbird School of Global Management,” according to agenda information.

The property is adjacent to a YMCA facility and next to Arizona Christian University.

The development will be split between 10 acres of town homes, a multifamily apartment building on 15 acres and single-family homes on the remaining land.

The plan includes more than 200 homes.

Council also approved a more modest plan for Orangewood Terrace, which will be 51 homes on 20 acres south of Orangewood Avenue, east of 83rd Avenue. 

Getting back to industrial developments, council approved the plan for CA Ventures Glendale 303 on Glendale Avenue near the Loop 303.

A week earlier, the Glendale Planning Commission unanimously recommended the plan, which allows for buildings as high as 85 feet.

According to the agenda information, “The site will accommodate industries, office, light manufacturing, assembling, warehousing, e-commerce and wholesale uses.” The revised plan “will facilitate and provide conditions more conducive of warehousing and manufacturing uses.”

The 100-acre site has been used for farming for decades and is surrounded by farms on three sides.

But multiple residential properties are west of the property, which borders on Cotton Lane.

The developer’s preliminary plan is for four warehouse structures totaling more than 1.5 million square feet, with the largest facing Cotton Lane.

The developer held an Oct. 21 virtual meeting with neighbors, with eight residents attending. According to the developer, “The applicant sent a follow up letter to those residents who still had concerns, the letter offered several mitigation solutions.”

Some neighbors along Cotton Lane in Waddell expressed concerns even after the meeting, however. 

“We appreciate the opportunity to present our views and the impact this development will have on our lifestyle,” wrote Sally Horton of Clearwater Farms residential development. “We also appreciate the developer’s willingness to address said concerns. 

“However we still have concerns, the wall we requested isn’t for a sound barrier. We would like a wall on the west side of Cotton Lane in front of our homes, this would give us some separation and privacy. It would also help block headlights coming and going into our homes from your development.”

Another post-meeting email from Lee and Margaret Anderson stated, “Most of the people in the Waddell development are not going to be affected as much as those of us that are right across the street from the proposed activity. Since the proposed development is going to be of a manufacturing/commercial nature, there is likely going to be 24-hour activity within 100 yards of our home and we will lose the privacy for which we originally purchased our property and have enjoyed for several years. This loss of privacy would also very likely have a negative effect on the value of our property.”

There were no public comments at the city council meeting, however.

City council unanimously approved the Glendale 303 request for industrial development.