By Wayne Schutsky | East Valley Tribune
The city of Mesa will make a concerted effort to transform the area surrounding Fiesta Mall from an aging retail district to an employment hub.
In a unanimous vote, the City Council officially adopted the Southwest Redevelopment Area Plan at its Sept. 11 meeting. The adoption will allow the city to take advantage of a series of redevelopment incentives, including the Government Property Lease Excise Tax, also known as GPLET.
The Southwest Redevelopment Area includes areas along Southern Avenue surrounding Fiesta Mall along with a stretch of land along Country Club Drive roughly between Broadway Road and U.S. 60.
The Southwest Redevelopment Area Plan specifically pinpoints three priority spots for redevelopment, including Fiesta Mall, Country Club Drive Gateway at U.S. 60 and the northwest corner of Southern Avenue and Alma School Road that includes Fiesta Village.