Family Fun Day

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Main Peoria Public Library

June 14th at 1pm-5pmboard game 2

Have you ever  wondered if you could beat your family and friends in a game battle? Well, at the Peoria Public Library on June 14th you can get the chance to show off your skills. At this event, you’re encouraged to put your gaming skill to the test. Games will be provided. No matter what your interest there is a game for you. They have it all from: puzzles, card games, board games, and much more. Once you win a game, you can pick a prize from the treasure chest.ONE PRIZE PER PERSON! Bring along all your family and friends and put your skills to the test. 

Summer Movie Marathon

Summer Movie Marathon

Every Tuesday From: May 26th-August 4th 10am to 12:00pm(noon)

Main Peoria Public Library

All movies played will be rated PG or G. The movies are family orientated. Please no food or drinks. No tickets required. May 6th -August 5th Tuesday’s at 10am and Wednesday’s at 12pm(noon) in the Willow Room. 

If there are any questions call the youth services at 623-773-7562.

Are You Smarter than a Librarian?

Are You Smarter Than A Librarian?

Friday, May 15

Join us for our first annual Trivia Night Challenge! Form a team of 5 people and come out for a night of friendly but competitive trivia. Do you have what it takes to be smarter than a team of Avondale librarians? Winners receive a t-shirt proclaiming “I am smarter than a librarian!”

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May 15, 2015
6:00 PM
Time Details:
Friday, May 15th, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm, event starts at 6:30pm.
The American Sports Center – 755 N 114th Ave, Avondale, AZ 85323
The American Sports Center
755 N 114th Ave
Avondale, AZ85323
Registration is $100/team, fee includes t-shirts. Table snacks will be provided and food, beer and w

Improvements underway in West Valley

Downtown, Historic areas get Updates

in West Valley

Buoyed by an improving economy, some West Valley cities are working to breathe new life into older areas of town and create new centers of civic life.

Surprise, which seemingly grew overnight into a city of more than 125,000 people, is still playing catch up as it tries to use undeveloped land surrounding the Civic Center to create a downtown.  The city’s years-long quest to create a downtown seems to be speeding up with the city’s master planner;  Scottsdale-based Carefree Partners, announcing firm plans for development.  The company owns 480 acres around the Surprise Civic Center where currently cattle sometimes graze and mesquite bushes abound.  City planners are using a voter-approved General Plan that envisions a downtown with restaurants, residences, shopping, medical offices, hotels, a performing arts center and a university.  The downtown could take many years to build and would be privately funded.

Surprise is also working to create a Heritage District to preserve its Original Town Site.  The area has a library, community pool, senior center and a recreational complex, among other city-owned entities.  The City is asking residents to complete an online survey to help determine other types of facilities, services and elements that they would like to be in the area.

Peoria, adopted a revitalization plan in 2009 for Old Town Peoria, its historical heart.  Since then, it has invested $80 million in landscape, street and infrastructure improvements, undertaken property improvements and built a performing arts center, among other steps. This month, RV accessory superstore State Trailer RV & Outdoor Supply purchased the 173,000 square-foot Peoria Towne Center, with plans to renovate, occupy and lease a portion of it.

Buckeye, opened La Placita Cafe in 1962 owned by Manuel and Nellie Amabisca.  The building has been remodeled and continues to  be a landmark in Buckeye.  Buckeye continues to rehabilitate its original main street, Monroe Avenue.  Last year, the city spent close to a quarter million dollars on a street improvement project that created new parking, sidewalk curbs and landscaping.

Its new city hall, built in 2009 and located in the historic town site along the 2.5-mile stretch of Monroe, has helped build momentum, officials say.  The Benbo Veterans Park contains a wall honoring past residents who died serving a war.  The park was revitalized with help from the non-profit organization Main Street Buckeye.

Tolleson, shrank the five-lane Van Buren Street to three lanes between 91st and 94th Avenue to allow for on-street parking ,bicycle lanes, outside dining, landscaping, a central plaza and a series of public art installations.  The city see the $10.2 million downtown enhancements as the first step toward drawing tourists and residents and also encouraging businesses.

Avondale, has also introduced a program to help improve its historic areas, namely, the half mile on Western Avenue known as Historic Avondale, and the areas of Las Ligas and Cashion to the East.  The earlier investments on Western Avenue are bearing fruit.  The street is home to the Mosaic Arts Center, Catitude Art Gallery and the Juice Box Dance Academy.  Sernas Plaza is a meeting ground for artists and local performances.  Also, the Historic Avondale Merchants Associated hosts a monthly art walk. 

Glendale’s, quaint, Midwestern downtown has  found a niche with antique dealers and other eclectic boutiques and restaurants, bolstered by city-sponsored festivals in the area.



Zanjero Falls complex in Glendale sold for $9.1 million

No-trespassing signs on the chain-link fence at the massive Zanjero Falls office complex are so sunburned they are nearly illegible.

But the stalled project has a new owner with plans for medical offices emerging six years after the sprawling buildings with nearly 150,000 square feet of office space were completed north of Westgate City Center.

Select Healthcare Solutions LLC of Del Mar, Calif., and its affiliated company, Phoenix Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center LLC, bought the Zanjero Falls Corporate Oasis last month for $9.1 million, according to commercial brokerage Cassidy Turley, the broker for the deal.

“We’re taking something that hasn’t been productive and turning it into an asset for patients and physicians, and we’ll be generating some revenue for the city,” said Matthew Cutler, Select Healthcare president and CEO.

Zanjero Falls, with its Spanish colonial architecture, is a high-profile reminder of west Glendale’s development boom and bust of the past decade.

Zanjero stood out as the last of the area’s big office developments of the prerecession building cycle to never have an occupant.

Zanjero is part of a 158-acre mixed-use project that includes hotels, apartments, restaurants and Cabela’s outdoor megastore. But the office buildings are shells and the property, resembling a resort, has been one of the vacant “see-through buildings” that defined the recession era of the late 2000s.

The 147,405-square-foot complex northwest of Glendale and 91st avenues cost $45 million to develop, including $14.5 million for the land, said Steve Lindley, senior managing director for Cassidy Turley. The firm negotiated the deal with Cobe Real Estate.

Zanjero was finished just as the recession set in and demand for office space plummeted.

But the property has been well kept, unlike “other foreclosed assets that went to hell,” Lindley said.

Investment Equity Development of Las Vegas built Zanjero but lost the property to foreclosure.

RCFC Zanjero Falls LLC of El Segundo, Calif., the construction lender, bought the property at auction in October 2009 for $11.18 million, according to Maricopa County records.

The name Zanjero is the word used for the field workers or “ditch riders” who control the flow of water in irrigation canals.

Hub for medical offices

The Zanjero sale “is an indication we are continuing to see improvement in the West Valley office market,” Lindley said.

Cutler of Select Healthcare Solutions said the company plans to invest up to $6 million in the property. It will develop a cancer center in an 11,000-square-foot building with a goal of having it open as early as January.

Select Healthcare, which has cancer centers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, is hoping to attract other health-care tenants, including physicians, clinics, and surgery, imaging and kidney dialysis centers.

Zanjero’s location is close to two Banner hospitals and the new Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.

The Zanjero deal included 10 acres of adjacent vacant land that Select Healthcare intends to develop in partnership with Helix Properties of Phoenix, Cutler said.

Jon Froke, Glendale planning director, said Zanjero’s developer was a victim of unfortunate timing.

Glendale approved the project a decade ago amid a building boom that included Arena, the University of Phoenix Stadium and Westgate City Center.

The city is eager to “put that property into production,” Froke said of Zanjero.

It will take about 90 days to review plans for the tenant improvements for Select Healthcare’s cancer center, he said.


Work to start on Northern Parkway overpasses

A Maricopa County Department of Transportation contractor will begin construction of grade-separated overpasses on Northern Parkway at Reems Road and at Litchfield Road Thursday April 10th 2014, MCDOT has announced.

The project will allow through traffic on Northern Parkway to bypass traffic signals at these cross-street intersections.

Work also will include traffic signal and minor on/off ramp modifications at Reems Road and Litchfield Road.

The new four-lane bridged overpasses will carry two travel lanes in each direction and are designed to accommodate the addition of one travel lane in each direction when future traffic volumes warrant.

Completion of the overpasses is expected this upcoming December.

Traffic Restrictions

During construction, traffic lane restrictions or temporary road closures are anticipated.Access will be maintained for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles at all times. Construction will take place 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with some work done in the evenings and on weekends.

For further information, the public can call the 24-hour MCDOT Construction Hotline: (480) 350-9288.