Town looks again at redevelopment

Wickenburg Town Council will reconsider adopting a downtown redevelopment area during its regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. This will be the second time since 2017 Council has considered this type of designation.

Two years ago, Council adopted a strategic plan which included a goal, “to create a unique sense of place, energy and excitement in downtown Wickenburg.” Last year, a study was conducted identifying areas of blight, and drawing a proposed redevelopment area (RDA). The designation stalled when Council called for more study.

In accordance with state law, an RDA is an area specially designated by town council to be in need of revitalization. The point of a designation is to help spur development or improvement of vacant or under-utilized property.

The newly proposed RDA takes in downtown Wickenburg with Jefferson Street as the western boundary, and encompasses the end of South Washington Street, U.S. 60 to approximately Jones Ford, Constellation Road to the intersection with El Recreo, and Tegner Street to encompass the Downtown Arena. (See map.)

Property owners in the proposed RDA were notified by mail. According to the letter, owners cannot opt out, however an RDA does not give the Town additional power over private property. A possible benefit of an RDA includes access to grant funds from state or federal agencies to enhance the overall appearance of businesses in order to maintain the town’s unique character. Likewise, the Town may apply for state and federal monies for the same purposes, the letter explained.

Council will welcome feedback on the proposal during the public hearing Monday evening. Following the hearing, Council may take action on the proposal. For more information, contact Community Development Director Steve Boyle or Economic Development Director Pamela Green at (928) 685-5441.

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