This week, Gilbert staff gained another walking distance lunch spot when BoomBozz opened its doors in Gilbert Town Square at Gilbert and Warner roads.
We welcome the new business, as we do all of our businesses, who all play a large role in our success as a community. BoomBozz is just one of many positive gains we are seeing in Gilbert today.
I have promised to focus on our Strategic Initiatives in my updates, and this update is featuring the economic development of today, as we look ahead to a bright boom. Our burgeoning medical industry is a key component to our future build out success, but another key component to that success, as well as our quality of life, is the success of our small business, retail and our tourism economy.
That is why I wanted to share with you three great updates as we grow as a community, and strengthen.
The first is the plan by Marriot to open our sixth hotel near the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Marriot is working closely with the center to support the outpatient guests at this facility, which is the only treatment center of its kind in the entire western United States. This symbiotic relationship demonstrates just how big an impact Banner MD Anderson, which opened in September at Higley Road and the U.S. 60, is having on our community, and will continue to have. They are an enormous economic engine that will continue to attract new opportunities, and support our economy, while also supporting our ability to provide our families with world-class health care.
We also greet Marriot as they plan their future construction, and provide new tourism opportunities for our community. We certainly have the unique destination spots, from shopping centers and shops to restaurants and recreation, to host guests who we also welcome.
Our town will also be among the first to gain a new kind of shopping place, as WinCo Foods prepares to build off the Santan Loop 202 Freeway, at Pecos Road and Market Street. The grocery store lauds the fact that it is employee-owned and promises discount prices on healthy food.
I can’t give an update on some of the upcoming action in our economy without mentioning the wonderful new additions to our downtown Heritage District. To name two, Art Intersection offers an authentic art gallery of the caliber that deserves note, and a visit, and we watch along with you as Postino’s Wine Bar makes progress on Gilbert Road with a planned opening by early Spring.
Of course, I can’t mention the medical industry without thanking those who have invested in our community, and who bring us honors on a regular basis by way of their talent and their will to cure, heal and care for all of our families. Mercy Gilbert Medical Center announced just this week yet another accolade among the many, as they received accreditation from the American College of Radiology for both Ultrasound, including vascular, and Computed Tomography, including cardiac. The facility is internationally regarded for its research on treating heart disease.
As I feature highlights from our economy, I should also point out that we continue to experience growth in new homes. This year to date we have received permits for more than 1,400 new homes. That is a 35 percent increase in growth compared to this time last year. Our community remains the fastest growing in the region. We are grateful to the builders who are bringing to our community new growth. That is a great sign, as people continue to want to live in the Town of Gilbert.
All of this healthy growth would not be possible if not for the hard working Gilbert Staff, and for the supportive community. Thank you.
We also have some road improvements underway that I wanted you to know about, that support our effort to plan smart and provide a strong infrastructure. On Monday, Nov. 28, we began road improvements from Val Vista Drive to Recker Road and Higley Roads, between Riggs and Mews Road. That effort includes widening various sections to three lanes in each direction, raised medians, bike lanes, curb and gutter, sidewalk, landscaping and traffic signals. We expect this to be completed by the end of the year.
Another project we expect to see begin early next year will improve Higley and Baseline roads, including widening to three through lanes, a left turn lane and a bicycle lane in each direction, raised and landscaped medians, right turn lanes where needed, and water and sewer lines. Our staff will do their best to communicate and make the progress as smooth as possible as we improve these roadways to support our future travel.
Lastly, it is important to me to highlight our Town staff’s commitment to this community. Our Gilbert Fire Department joined in on several holiday drives supported by our staff during this season, and drove 60 full Thanksgiving meals to families in our community. This was made possible thanks to the donations collected during Halloween fundraisers held internally.
Thank you for continuing to be interested and involved in the community.
~ Patrick Banger