Seeking to attract more high-profile projects, Avondale is considering allowing taller building heights near Interstate 10 and along the 99th Avenue corridor.
Currently, the maximum building heights allowed in the area range from two to 10 stories. The area runs:
• From 99th Avenue to the 103rd Avenue alignment between Indian School and McDowell roads.• Between 99th Avenue and Dysart Road from McDowell Road to Van Buren Street.
Avondale Planning Manager Tracy Stevens said there are many parcels that are going to be mixed-use and employment centers within the area.
The proposed amendments to the city code would increase the maximum height limit on some parcels, while others would not be affected. A public hearing will be held Oct. 30. City staff will be on hand to present the details of the proposal and gather input from residents.
"With some of the densities proposed in those areas, you typically bring the height, so that's where we're starting to look more at taller buildings in that area," Stevens said.
By allowing higher buildings, the city would be able to attract more of the "high-profile corporate- and commerce-type users to the area," she said.
In a recent meeting, two City Council members talked about allowing taller buildings along the 99th Avenue corridor, which is near Loop 101.
Councilman Ken Weise and Vice Mayor Charles Wolf agreed the time has come to consider taller buildings near the Loop 101 corridor.
Weise would like to see an eight-story building the council approved at the meeting be even taller.
Wolf agreed, saying the corridor is exploding with development, and Avondale should be ready to catch some of the investment along that freeway.
The council also has discussed allowing taller buildings in the proposed City Center, envisioned as a destination for pedestrian-friendly shopping, restaurants and entertainment mixed with hotels, condos and offices.
The city center area comprises 272 acres bordered by Interstate 10 on the north, Coldwater Springs Boulevard on the south, the 113th Avenue alignment on the east and the 117th Avenue alignment on the west.
The council believes taller buildings along the I-10 corridor would attract some office and employment opportunities the city might not otherwise entice.
The Oct. 30 meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Sonoran Conference Room at Avondale City Hall, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive.