Glendale Aims to Get Freeway Development Right

Article originally posted on Phoenix Business Journal on January 4, 2019

Glendale is trying something a little different for development with its newest stretch of freeway frontage.

The West Valley city hasn’t always pulled off development around freeways well. In the 1980s, the city had more than five miles of freeway frontage along the yet-to-be-built Loop 101. It ended up with a massive master-planned community.

Scottsdale, meanwhile, had the same type of frontage and became home to numerous tech and startup companies.

In the early 2000s, Glendale had another shot along Loop 101. It opted for sports arenas and is home to the Arizona Coyotes and Arizona Cardinals.

While there has been some development near the stadiums, neither plan has turned out as envisioned, and there’s no guarantee the National Hockey League team will still be there in a few more years.

Now the city is working along Loop 303 and taking a page from its neighbor to the south: Goodyear. That city has used its freeway frontage to capture e-commerce distribution and warehouses from the likes of REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Chewy.com.

The next building could come courtesy of Lincoln Property Co. with a potential 1.2-million-square-foot industrial facility, which could continue the development occurring along Loop 303. That could be good news for Glendale and the West Valley.

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