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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Phoenix City Council Approves Next Step of South Central Light Rail

Phoenix City Council Approves Next Step of South Central Light Rail

The South Central Light Rail Extension project is moving forward to final design. On April 21st the Phoenix City Council approved a $50 million agreement with Valley Metro to fund final design and pre-construction activities on the five-mile extension on Central Avenue between Jefferson Street and Baseline Road. “This another major step toward delivering light >> Read More…


Local Precinct Gets More Officers, Laveen focusing on prevention

Local Precinct Gets More Officers, Laveen focusing on prevention

A handful of shootings during the first months of this year put many Laveen residents on edge, making most of the 60,000 people who live in the rural suburban community anxious about their safety. Between Jan. 1 and mid-March, there were five shootings involving teenagers with three fatalities. Social media sites blew up with people >> Read More…


Spring Ritual: Baseball History Runs Deep in South Phoenix

Spring Ritual: Baseball History Runs Deep in South Phoenix

Nothing says spring in Arizona quite like the smell of hotdogs and the steady, rhythmic sound of a solid sphere smacking into the leather pocket of a baseball glove or the crack of a bat as your favorite team warms up on the field. Like hiking South Mountain and climbing Piestewa Peak, spending the afternoon >> Read More…


Area Continues to See Increase in Real Estate Prices

Area Continues to See Increase in Real Estate Prices

For 2016, home prices in South Phoenix and Laveen galloped ahead with double-digit increases for all three ZIP codes in South Phoenix and a 9 percent price increase for homes sold in Laveen. Home prices in Laveen increased from a 2015 average of $198,700 per house sold to an average of $216,400 for last year. >> Read More…


Laveen Community Council Set to Host 65th Annual Pit BBQ

Laveen Community Council Set to Host 65th Annual Pit BBQ

While 2017 marks the 65th year that Laveen has put on its pit barbecue, the thousands of residents heading over to Corona Ranch on Feb. 11 to chow down on barbecue will find a few changes, plenty of good grub, entertainment and community spirit: The barbecue is taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, >> Read More…


Commute Times Getting Longer for Area Residents

Commute Times Getting Longer for Area Residents

For Laveen commuters, that quick drive into Phoenix for work or pleasure has skidded into frequent frustrations during stop-and-go trips that take nearly twice as long as they did a year ago. Residents who work outside Laveen used to travel the 12 miles or so to Central Phoenix in about half hour; the same for >> Read More…


Retail Development Heating Up in Laveen

Retail Development Heating Up in Laveen

A microburst of new retail – mainly national and local chain food stores – rained down on Laveen during the second half of 2016 with developers and planners predicting a steady outpouring of new development proposals coming in 2017. Multiple new eateries joined LA Fitness at the corner of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road in >> Read More…


Two Sides to Every Story: Sorting Through HOA Disputes

Two Sides to Every Story: Sorting Through HOA Disputes

From the trivial to the controversial, disputes between homeowners and their HOAs rile up tempers like few other topics in Arizona, whether the argument is about property upkeep, paint color or where homeowners can park their cars. In Laveen, there are more than 50 residential communities governed by homeowner associations and their accompanying Covenants, Conditions, >> Read More…


Strong Community Turnout for Freeway Design Meeting

Strong Community Turnout for Freeway Design Meeting

About 200 community members turned out in late September to get their first look at design plans for the 22-mile South Mountain Freeway that will travel through Laveen at about 61st Avenue. There was more than one pair of overalls and several cowboy hats dotting the audience, which included everyone from community leaders to farmers >> Read More…


Court Rules in Favor of Freeway, Construction to Begin This Month

Court Rules in Favor of Freeway, Construction to Begin This Month

Construction begins this month on the southeastern portion of the South Mountain Freeway after an August court decision ruled in favor of state and federal transportation officials who deem the 22-mile stretch of freeway that will link Interstate 10 to the Loop 202 “a necessity” to accommodate exponential growth predicted in Laveen and the southwest >> Read More…


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