New Plans for Downtown Chandler

October 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

By Maria Hass


The City of Chandler, AZ, a vibrant and wonderful place I’ve called home for more than three years now, is a booming town nestled by the City of Tempe to the North, City of Mesa to the Northeast, the towns of Gilbert and Queen Creek to the East and Phoenix to the West. Chandler is named after Dr. Alexander John Chandler, a veterinary surgeon who in the 1890s bought 18,000 acres of farmland here. In 1912, he subdivided his land and created planned communities with spacious lots, wide streets and green fields.

In July 2007, reported the City of Chandler’s population at just over 247,000 people, making it the fifth fastest-growing city in Arizona. This year, the City of Chandler was once again selected as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance, a distinction the City has enjoyed for the third straight time since 2005.

What’s New for Downtown Chandler?

There are currently several areas for redevelopment in downtown Chandler. These includes the city hall, fire administration building, a new museum and the San Marcos Commons Luxury Townhomes. Renovations are under way for the city buildings while the San Marcos Commons luxury townhomes have sold 30 of their 79 units. The older neighborhoods surrounding downtown Chandler will be cleaned up to decrease crime rate and attract frequent visitors. Retail shops and businesses will benefit from large crowds drawn by weekly festivals and events scheduled in Downtown Chandler.

Executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Eileen Brill Wagner, hopes to provide a destination for locals and tourist of all ages to dine, play, relax and find entertainment and history in a friendly environment without having to drive far.

Below are some upcoming events being held in Downtown Chandler:

The Farmers Market in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park expanded beginning Thursday, October 9th. The farmers will be joined by other food vendors and more than a dozen crafts vendors every Thursday from 3 – 6 p.m.

Another exciting event is the El Dia de los Muertos which takes place on November 1 from Noon to 10 p.m. and will feature live music, vendors, arts, crafts and more.

The Raku Arts and Crafts Festival, a popular downtown event, moves into Dr. A.J. Chandler Park on Friday and Saturday, November 14 & 15. The event on Friday is from 4 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The festival includes raku workshops, a Japanese tea ceremony and entertainment with raku pottery and crafts for sale.

The Chandler Center of the Arts located in Downtown Chandler is proud to have its own Chandler Symphony Orchestra. It has lined up a full year of concerts and shows by popular musicians and actors.

The San Marcos Golf Resort is Arizona’s first golf resort and is a historical landmark for the City. The historic charm it brings to Downtown Chandler will be preserved through generations even as the improvements and changes continue.

By revitalizing Downtown Chandler, the city will generate more revenue, strengthen a sense of pride in our community, increase the value of real estate and create a great investment in our economy.

Downtown Chandler is located at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard.
For more information on Chandler events, call (480) 782-2771.

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