Manager’s Update – January 18, 2013
There is no doubt that Gilbert is continuing to grow and one area in particular that is bustling with energy is downtown Gilbert. If you take a walk near the Heritage District on a Friday night, you’ll be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of patrons dining in local restaurants where they enjoy traditional Chicago-style deep dish pizza, the best BBQ in the region, and European cuisine, just before attending a show at Hale Theatre. Saturday mornings are no different. You will enjoy the buzz of people up early for coffee on the local coffee house’s patio, a country-style breakfast or shopping at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market and Art Walk.
Downtown Gilbert is a vibrant area of town that is still growing. More restaurants will be opening soon, including a Mexican food concept, anticipated in March, run by Upward Projects, known for Postino’s and many other Phoenix-area establishments. Discussions are currently taking place with other restaurant groups who are interested in opening at least two high-end concepts in the downtown area before the end of 2014.
Recent negotiations to bring a University to the Heritage Marketplace could also bring huge momentum for downtown Gilbert. Heritage Marketplace will see growth in mixed-use development, including retail, restaurant and office space. The development will also trigger the construction of a 360-space parking structure.
I invite you to experience the vibrancy in Gilbert. Any time, day or night, downtown Gilbert has something to offer for you and your entire family. And stay tuned because there’s more excitement to come.
– Patrick Banger, Town Manager