By Bree Florence for West Valley View
At Saturday’s “State of the City” meeting, the city of Litchfield Park focused on new developments, including a new downtown city center and museum.
A design for the city center was unveiled at the February 1st meeting, held at the Church at Litchfield Park.
Mayor Thomas Schoaf discussed plans to develop a central hub in Litchfield Park’s downtown area for the city center property, north of Wigwam Boulevard between North Litchfield and North Old Litchfield roads. The parcels of land were purchased between 2014 and 2017.
The project is expected to be completed within five years, according to Woody Scoutton, an engineer with Litchfield Park.
The idea of a city center has been discussed since 1996, according to Schoaf. Working with planners from Destination LP, the city created a work community-driven design, presented at the state of the city meeting.
Scoutton noted all development within the city center is subject to the approval of the Litchfield Park Planning and Zoning Commission with final approval from the city council.
But the City Center isn’t the only new development coming soon to Litchfield Park. The Sun Health Foundation is planning a residential and community center called LakeSide at La Loma on the NWC of Litchfield and Camelback roads. Commercial development is expected to be completed on the SEC of Dysart and Camelback roads, which will include a new Hines Self Storage, an AutoZone and the Dignity Health Emergency Room/Urgent Care.
More prominent to the community’s culture is the remodeling and extension project of the now-vacant and publicly owned home of Paul Litchfield. Here, volunteers hope to launch the P. W. Litchfield Heritage Center, a museum dedicated to the namesake of Litchfield Park and the growth of the town.
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