This Thursday, the Tempe City council meeting will have a couple of interesting decisions in front of them concerning projects near the expanding Mill Avenue District.
There will be a zoning discussion talking about the El Fenix development along Tempe Town Lake. This project has been debated by many as being a sign of recovery to being another pipe dream that will go up in smoke if started any time soon.
One of the interesting topics that comes up when discussing development along the lake is the potential for a rail ( modern streetcar ) line along Rio Salado. proponents say the development potential along the south side of the lake, heading towards Tempe Marketplace, could be a catalyst for some major improvements to an area that has serious potential. When looking at the recent commercial leasing successes at Hayden Ferry, it is hard to argue that “lakefront” property in Arizona has an appeal to businesses.
Another item on the agenda for the council this week has to do with a historic designation for the Laird-Simpson House on Mill Avenue which is located in the ultra-cool Maple Ash neighborhood. Built in 1940, this historically significant property is located at 1204 S Mill Avenue and is along the proposed Modern Streetcar line which will run from Rio Salado to Southern along Mill Avenue.