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March Community Meeting Recap! + Pictures

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Block Watch Meeting this Tuesday! It was a packed house & we had some great speakers. Here’s a recap of the information shared:
-Our sponsors were Aioli Burger, Great American Title, & Louisa Ward of RE/Max Excalibur. Thank you for providing great food!

-We are looking for volunteers to help plan our big Community Party in October. If you’d like to help plan or be a sponsor, please reply to this email. 
-Sargent James Rothschild shared with us about Silent Witness
     *The best way to keep your neighborhood safe is to get to know your neighbors
     *All reports to Silent Witness are kept anonymous. A report to Silent Witness does not make a police report
     *The types of crimes that are best reported to Silent Witness are felonies, potential drug houses, or chop shops, etc
     *Stay connected to Silent Witness by watching their Facebook page or downloading their app on their website. Much more consistent than the news.
     *If one of your tips leads to an arrest, you can call back in 30 days to confirm your tip lead to an arrest. They will give you a code & instructions on how to claim your reward anonymously.
     *Silent Witness is a non profit organization that depends on fundraisers to continue to serve our community.
-Councilwoman Debra Stark provided updates on District 3
     *Walgreens update: Walgreens has paid the lease through the end of the year. Nothing will happen with the building until then.
     *Is the Bashas Complex being sold? No official word yet either way.
     *Investigation into loud planes flying overhead: Checked with aviation- no flight paths go directly over the neighborhood. If this is your concern, please follow up with Councilwoman Stark.
     *Multifamily Housing north of Bashas: There was a hold up with the drainage plan being approved but construction is now moving forward.
     *Vacant ADOT Building: Nothing concrete happening yet. Developer from Paradise Gardens is submitting designs to do something creative, possibly mountain biking inspired, with the building. The Desert Botanical Garden is showing interest too.
     *N32nd Public Art: Will be installed soon. The art will be hands made of thin metal meant to represent butterflies placed on several telephone poles.
     *Remodel/Design of Paradise Valley Mall: New plans have been submitted to the mall’s corporate office to turn a portion of the mall into an our door shopping experience to give the mall new life.
     *New businesses coming to the neighborhood: TapHouse Kitchen will begin remodeling the building near the Chevron at 32nd & Shea
     *Life Storage will be building storage units on the triangle piece of land at the south east corner of Cheryl & 32nd St.
     *Housing development on the northeast corner of Cheryl & 31st street: zoning adjustments were made because of where the garage doors face. Once that has been approved, construction of single family homes will begin.
     *Zoning Change requested for a single level office building  on the southeast corner of 37th & Shea.
Thanks again to everyone who came and made this meeting a great success! Stay tuned for more exciting updates and information about our Community Party planning meetings coming soon!

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North 32nd Welcome Summer Party

North 32nd Welcome Summer Party

when: Saturday , June 25 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.

where: Altadena Park| 3711 E Altadena Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85028

why: Join the neighborhood for some splashing good fun. Take advantage of the splashpad at Altadena park and get to know your neighbors. Altadena park offers a playground, ramada and picnic area, grills and of course splashpads! Bring your flip flops, sunglasses and super-soakers and stay cool in the summer.

Altadena Park Splash Pad area

Altadena Park Splash Pad area

Medical-Marijuana debate continues to impact North 32nd Street

Medical-Marijuana debate continues to impact North 32nd Street

Mohave Valley medical Marijuana facility

The City of Phoenix approved the permit for a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary facility at 10443 North 32nd Street (SE corner 32nd St and Shea).  The permit comes with the following stipulations:

  1. The Use Permit shall be reviewed within 365 days of the issuance of the dispensary certificate for a medical ZA Hearing Marked Agenda – November 19, 2015 Page 8 marijuana from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  2. The applicant has 1 year to apply and pay for building permits.
  3. Obtain a certificate for medical marijuana use from the Arizona Department of Health Services. If no certificate or approval to operate is granted within 1 year of the approval of this Use Permit, the Zoning Administrator shall schedule a revocation hearing for this Use Permit.
  4. The applicant shall submit a security plan provided to the Arizona Department of Health Services to the Planning and Development Department.
  5. The applicant shall notify in writing the area’s Police Precinct Commander of establishing such facility. Notice of this contact shall be submitted in writing to the Planning and Development Department.
  6. The applicant shall provide enhanced landscaping along 32nd Street.

Despite the restrictions, some community members are concerned how close in proximity it is to nearby schools. The location is .5 miles from Shadow Mountain High School, as is an existing liquor store.

However the concern remains and many residents are looking at changing existing zoning regulations. A recent AZ Republic article interviewed Louisa Ward over the neighborhood concerns.  Louisa said “many of her neighborhoods would support the proposed increases in distance.”

Ryan Hurly, chair of Rose Law Group’s medical marijuana practice group, said the proposed changes to the zoning  would make it “next to impossible” to find a site that doesn’t require variances he said. The city has existing spacing requirements that ensure medical-marijuana facilities are not too close to one another. The city has been more conservative recently in approving new medical-marijuana facilities, Hurley said. But neighborhood complaints wane after a facility is operating, he said.