Possible Glendale Midtown District Revitalization Underway

For years, the City of Glendale has invested time and money to jump-start its decaying downtown due to the closing auto businesses in the early 2000s but to no avail. Vacancy rates, population drop and unemployment rates continued to surpass the rest of Glendale. Last week, a report with recommendations to revitalize the area was unveiled to the City Council in workshop.

Urban Land Institute’s study, funded by a grant, focuses primary on what is known as the Midtown District, which runs along the Glendale Avenue corridor bounded by 43rd and 51st avenues and Myrtle Avenue and Ocotillo Road. Although Midtown is ripe for revitalization it has its challenges such as low-performing schools and a lack of a consistent vision by policymakers. Another drawback is the uncertainty if light rail will come, which is keeping landowners and developers from moving forward with developing vacant lots and filling empty buildings. 

Midtown District revitalization recommendations include:

  • Create a one-stop, business advocacy liaison in City Hall
  • Invest in downtown with branding and beautification
  • Activate underused properties with temporary uses and pop-ups
  • Focus on smaller, signature schools
  • Encourage neighborhood-oriented schools and joint-use policies
  • Leverage state and federal housing programs
  • Support business incubators and co-working spaces
  • Facility land assembly now
  • Stabilize underlying neighborhood conditions such as perceived safety issues and blight

Glendale’s Midtown District offers a competitive rent structure and housing stock and offers lower rents for start-up opportunities. Glendale’s downtown has a number of strengths, including its historic assets and availability of city-owned land, which gives it a remarkable leg-up. For more local valley news or if you are looking to buy a home in Phoenix, please contact The Russo Team today.

Frank Russo

Russo Team

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