Midtown District Revitalization, Glendale, Arizona 

Last week, a report was unveiled by the Glendale City Counsel with plans to revitalize the Midtown District.

Urban Land Institute’s study funded by a grant, focuses primarily 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.

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

Although the Midtown District 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. 

However, on the upside Glendale’s Midtown District offers a competitive rent structure, and lower rents for start-up businesses. Downtown Glendale, Arizona has a variety of strengths, historic assets and availability of city-owned land. We will be tracking the progress of the Midtown District Revitalization, so stay tuned for future updates!

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