Planning Commission Regular Meeting - Public Hearing
Wednesday Dec 6 at 6:00 pm
Council Chambers - 50 E. Civic Center Drive
Contact: Gilbert Olgin, Planner II
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Background of Site
The Heritage District is approximately .3 square miles in size and is considered Gilbert’s downtown. It is the community’s original town site, representing the cultural and historical center of the community. In 1989, the Heritage District was designated as a Redevelopment Area in order to mitigate slum and blight. Approximately 30 years ago, Gilbert Town Council provided Town staff with the direction to acquire parcels of land in order to thoughtfully develop the downtown.
The Heritage District has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the last 10 years. As an Entertainment District and an area of focus, there has always been a long-term commitment to ensure the successful redevelopment of the Heritage District. As the symbolic center of the community, we think of the Heritage District as the community's family room; a place where residents and visitors alike congregate to enjoy the entrepreneurial restaurants, retail, entertainment, learning and arts and culture developments. This will continue to be the heart of the community and a clean and safe place for families to gather. The Town of Gilbert is working hard for it to become a destination for art and culture, a continued place for learning and exploration, continued growth of Delicious Gilbert and a memorable “destination” for those visiting the community from other states and countries.
The Town of Gilbert is the owner of approximately .90 acres located at the Northeast Corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Road in downtown Heritage District. Zoning on these parcels are SF6 while the zoning immediately east and south is Heritage Village Center (HVC). The Town of Gilbert is also the owner of approximately 1.29 acres located immediately south of the proposed rezone site (just opposite of Washington Avenue).
The HVC zoning district is intended to foster small-scale, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development, consistent with the Heritage District Redevelopment Plan and General Plan. The primary goal for Town-Owned property is to continue the strategic redevelopment of parcels through the HVC zoning. In discussions with local and national developers, tying together the approximately .90 acres with the 1.29 acres via the abandonment of Washington Avenue would allow for one parcel that could obtain maximum development opportunities.
The Town envisions the entire parcel, through HVC Zoning, to be a mixed use project encompassing multifamily housing and retail. The proposed rezone will assist in attracting top developers, will bring people in order to stimulate office and retail growth in the Heritage District, will complement the identity of the downtown area, and ultimately, the rezoning will improve the economic vitality of the District through a finished project that will act as a gateway to the Heritage District for visitors and residents entering the District from the south.