Glendale Chamber of Commerce

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, councilmembers, members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, along with the Empire Group Companies’ executive and development team cut the ribbon at the ceremony on Sept. 29.

The Empire Group of Companies celebrated the opening of its newest community — Village at Olive Marketplace — during a Sept. 29 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Featuring 204 single-story homes situated on 20-acres located at 53rd and Olive avenues, Village Olive Marketplace began leasing in June and is now over 50% leased.

“We are very pleased at how quickly the homes are leasing and to see individuals and families move in,” said Shelby Duplessis, president of land development for Empire Group. “It’s a tribute to the thought we put into our location selection, design and the quality of our construction.”

Village at Olive Marketplace is a neighborhood of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, ranging from 680 to 1,282 square feet. The homes include fully equipped kitchen and laundry, a dining area, doggy door leading to a private landscaped backyard, smart home technology, and parking options that include garage and storage spaces.

The neighborhood features lush, landscaped walkways and open spaces, recreational areas along the greenbelt, a resort-style community pool, barbecue areas, a dog park and stand-alone community center outfitted with a fitness area and gathering space for community and/or private events. 

Other amenities will include car-charging stations and a pet-wash area. The community manager is responsible for the maintenance of amenities and landscaping including individual patios and backyard areas.

“It’s all about the amenities. It truly is so amenitized here,” Duplessis said. “All that is offered just creates that true turnkey development where you don’t have to maintain anything inside the home or outside. We have the higher-ceiling concept, so you have more lights, it’s open and airy and an open floor plan that’s not very common in apartment living, so it’s very much like having your own home but in an apartment setting.”

Duplessis added that Village at Olive Marketplace will benefit Glendale as a whole, as the project has the opportunity to revitalize the area.  

“I think it needed that boost. It takes an empty dirt lot, and it actually brings some safety precautions.”

Previously, it attracted the homeless, but the new development should increase property values, Duplessis said.

“It also stimulates the economy here in these surrounding businesses, which helps bring in more entertainment or restaurants. So it’s fun to see that change,” Duplessis said. 

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers attended and spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He was joined by Councilmember Bart Turner, members of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, along with the Empire Group Companies’ executive and development team.

“It is an honor to be joined by leaders in the Glendale community and our partners to celebrate our newest community,” Duplessis added. “Working together we are able to make our vision a reality for Arizona residents.”

Weiers said Glendale is a city filled with growth, and this newest addition is a true testimony to that. 

“Every time somebody comes to Glendale and picks a spot and decides to open up a business, no matter what it is, that’s a very large investment and putting a lot of trust in the city with the belief that you can be successful,” Weiers said. 

“And if you can do something that helps our community and provides a good service, something that our citizens can use, and a great responsible partner and can still be profitable, why wouldn’t you want to do that? I applaud you guys for making that commitment for choosing Glendale again. You know my favorite saying is ‘Here we grow again,’ and you guys are doing that pretty damn good.”

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