Rezone request next step for huge industrial project proposed in Glendale

By Steve Stockmar | YourValley

A request to rezone 134 acres in the city’s west side industrial area could bring the $322.8 million Northern Parkway Commerce Center and its 2 million-plus square feet of light industrial space that much closer to fruition.

In June the city agreed to annex the site which sat in Maricopa County, and now the developers, Clarion Partners out of Dallas, Texas, are seeking to rezone the land from rural residence to PAD (planned area development) to allow for the development of an industrial, logistics and commerce complex. The site is located west of the southwest corner of Northern Parkway and Dysart Road, and is in the Yucca District.

The city council will consider the rezone request at its 5:30 p.m. voting meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 inside Council Chambers, 5850 W. Glendale Ave.

The land is a half mile east of Luke Air Force Base and is bounded by Dysart Road to the east, Northern Parkway to the north, a plant nursery to the west, and military housing to the south. Residential uses are not proposed within this PAD proposal.

The project could produce up to four warehouses totaling 2.36 million square feet.

Currently vacant farmland, the site is being annexed into the city of Glendale.

Phoenix-based economic consulting firm Applied Economics in a May report to the city estimates the total construction cost for the future Northern Parkway Commerce Center to be $322.8 million. The study further estimates that the development could support about 1,455 jobs at an average wage of $49,000.

Although detail on specific users is not yet known, the study projects uses of the property could range from an unoccupied shell building to a leased warehouse to leased manufacturing.

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