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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

South Phoenix Light Rail Project Receives $1.6 Million Grant

Light rail’s extension into South Phoenix took another step closer to reality last month. On Sept. 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $1.6 million TIGER grant to support planning for the South Central Transit Corridor, a five-mile light rail line on Central Avenue between downtown and Baseline Road. According to Susan Tierney, Valley >> Read More…

Commercial Activity in Laveen on the Rise

“We are on the map and the word is getting out.”   That’s the message local developer Michael Moreines, of Sierra Sun Properties, uses when describing the commercial real estate situation in Laveen.   His positive outlook is supported by proof, as Moreines’ L.A. Fitness-anchored development at 51st Avenue and Baseline Road will see at >> Read More…

Laveen’s First Hospital to Open in Early 2015

In early March, Ryan Rogusky, senior project manager from Freese Johnson, the Atlanta-based company providing design-build services for Laveen’s first hospital, could only confirm that construction started at 7171 S. 51st Avenue.   But now that the facility is taking shape, more details have been released.   “We are pleased to announce that we are >> Read More…

Raven Golf Course Continuing Comeback

 Since being acquired for the third time in June 2006, the Raven Golf Club at 3636 E. Baseline Rd. has gone through several changes, including new management and even a new name.   Now managed by OB Sports Golf Management, the club – known in part for its 6,000 Georgia pine trees that line the >> Read More…

Conference Seeks to Combat Graffiti

 Stop Urban Blight, a nonprofit that works to eliminate graffiti and reduce the money cities, businesses and citizens spend on the problem, has invited “graffiti fighters” from around the world to meet in Phoenix later this month.   From April 23-25, the Zero Graffiti International conference will bring together people ranging from police and public >> Read More…

Construction Begins on Laveen’s First Hospital

The machinery moving dirt just north of the northeast corner of Baseline Road and 51st Avenue signals the start of construction on Laveen’s first full-service hospital.   But exact project details remain elusive.   Ryan Rogusky, senior project manager from Freese Johnson, the Atlanta-based company providing design-build services for the hospital, could only confirm construction >> Read More…

Master-Planned Community Getting Support

Plans for an educational and mixed-use community development, designed to serve as a catalyst for urban growth in the heart of South Phoenix, recently received a major financial boost.   The project is part of Raza Development Fund’s Adelante en Familia initiative, which was just awarded a $6 million grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. >> Read More…

Yourland Opening First-Of-Its-Kind Fuel Station

  Yourland, the cultural mixed-use redevelopment center on the southwest corner of 16th Street and Buckeye Road, recently added a fuel station that’s like no other in the Valley – and possibly even the nation.   In addition to offering gas, the sustainable, green “energy center” – powered in part by solar panels – has >> Read More…

South Central Light Rail Plans

 Now that the Alternative Analysis to determine the best high-capacity transit option for the South Central Phoenix Corridor is complete, Valley Metro is set to present its findings to Phoenix City Council for a vote on Nov. 12.   The regional transit agency will recommend connecting with the existing system downtown and constructing light rail >> Read More…

Broadway Road Expansion Beginning Soon

East and west travel through the South Mountain and Laveen Villages will soon get easier.   After eight years of planning, construction on Avenida Rio Salado, a $73 million project designed to increase vehicle capacity on Broadway Road, will begin in November.   Plans call for widening the arterial thoroughfare – which is expected to >> Read More…

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