By Mark Nothaft for AZ Big Media
Over the past 15 years, the City of Glendale has invested more than $400M in infrastructure improvements to create a world-class environment for businesses large and small to thrive. The city’s Westgate Sports and Entertainment District straddling the Loop-101 has become a regional employment center with multiple Class A office buildings, Westgate Entertainment District, Tanger Outlets shopping, sprawling Cabela’s sporting goods and the Topgolf entertainment venue. The area is also home to 63,000-seat State Farm Stadium and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, the 17,000-seat Gila River Arena and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, and Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox play at Camelback Ranch Glendale during Cactus League Spring Training.
Recent improvement projects also coincide with Envision Glendale 2040, a forward-looking master plan passed by voters in 2016 that catapults Glendale onto the international stage as a leading economic powerhouse in the booming Southwest.
The lauded partnership earlier this year among Red Bull, and juice-maker Raüch and bottler-canner Ball came on the heels of the opening of the Epcor Water Treatment Plant near Luke Air Force Base. That vital function paved the way for additional water, sewer, electric lines and other necessary infrastructure at Woolf Logistics Campus, a 1,300-acre master-planned area along Loop-303 and the city’s “New Frontier” development zone. Lincoln Property Company later announced plans to create the 265-acre Park 303 industrial center between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue.
The arrival of these services in the far western section of the city, along with on- and off-ramp connections with Interstate 10 and Loop 303, punctuate a surge of interest in Glendale.
The New Frontier and Westgate are both now more accessible with the opening of Northern Parkway, which connects Loop 101 and 303 north of Glendale Avenue. Along the Parkway, Glendale Municipal Airport just received an $8.9M grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to purchase land for runway approaches, making that area conducive to future growth and accommodating different types of aircraft.
As the West Valley continues to gain regional and national prominence, and the lights continue to shine on Glendale, these strategic infrastructure and capital investments will continue to benefit residents and businesses alike, something we can all be proud of for many years to come.
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