Across the United States, there are many examples of the rise and fall of great American cities. The Town of Gilbert has made a long term commitment to breaking the cycle of decline and focusing on creating the City of the Future. As such, Gilbert is taking a proactive approach to examining the Northwest Employment Area, its oldest and densest employment corridor, for redevelopment opportunities.
The Northwest Employment Area has a mix of industries with concentrations in high wage industries such as manufacturing, construction and wholesale trade. Many of the buildings within the Northwest Employment Area are industrial buildings with large setbacks and extensive landscape areas utilized for flood retention. While many of the buildings are still utilized as their intended industrial use, over the years there has been a trend for these buildings to serve as office space.
Gilbert desires to create a community where the market wants to invest. While the area has not seen a significant decline, there are businesses that have left the Employment Area to relocate to other areas of Gilbert. Additionally, small infill sites that continue to sit vacant, absentee owners and aging infrastructure indicate a need to examine the area and develop a plan of action to ensure that it remains a vibrant and vital area for business and industry.
The Northwest Employment Area is located south of the US 60 from Baseline Road to just south of Elliot Road and extends from Arizona Avenue to Cooper Road.
Learn about notable employers, private investment, public investment, square-feet developed or planned by visiting Gilbert's Office of Economic Development online Employment Areas.
During the Council Retreat in October 2018, the Office of Economic Development presented Findings of Fact from the Northwest Employment Area and asked the Council if there was a desire to make it an area of focus. Council determined that, in keeping in line with the City of the Future Initiative, a focused redevelopment effort for this area should be completed. As such, creation of a Specific Area Plan for the Northwest Employment Area is identified as a Town-wide Wildly Important Goal for FY20.
Northwest Employment Area Specific Plan Schedule
|Gilbert and ULI AZ TAP Event
of Draft Specific Area Plan
of Draft Specific Area Plan
of Specific Area Plan
|November 19, 2019
9:45 am - 4:00 pm
Gilbert Town Council Chambers
50 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296
| September 1, 2019 -
March 31, 2020
|February 1, 2020 -
April 30, 2020
|May 1, 2020 -
June 30, 2020
Community Events & Outreach
The Town of Gilbert is finalizing various community events for residents, employers, and their employees focused on the Northwest employment area to participate in and to learn more.
Stay in-the-know by signing up for email notifications as these events and draft Area Plan develop.
ULI AZ Technical Assistance Panel
Date: November 19, 2019
Purpose of Meeting:
- Invite panel experts to examine the Northwest employment area
- Review the area to understand how infrastructure, residential, commercial real estate, transportation, and cultural amenities along employment areas create vibrant, livable, and healthier places
- Better understand initiatives Gilbert can take to help keep this area vibrant, livable, and healthy
How You Can Get Involved:
- Watch the video recap
- Sign up for email notifications
If you would like to be added to the email list for the Northwest Employment Area, click here.
For questions, feedback or more information contact:
Redevelopment Program Manager
Dan Henderson, CEcD
Economic Development Director