Lower Grand Avenue is a unique commercial strip in downtown Phoenix. Grand Avenue originates at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Van Buren Street, and cuts diagonally toward the northwest across the urban grid to Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, Wickenburg, and ultimately Las Vegas. The first mile of Grand Avenue from the 7th Ave. & Van Buren intersection up to where Interstate 10 crosses over, just north of the 15th Ave. & Roosevelt St. intersection, retains a quirky yet uneven urban commercial feel. This area, now known as Lower Grand Avenue, has in recent years been colonized by artists and small businesses and is in rapid transition to becoming an arts and retail destination for the entire Valley.

Lower Grand Avenue’s property owners and tenants are represented by the Grand Avenue Merchant’s Association (GAMA). For information on some of the businesses and activities occurring on Lower Grand Avenue, see the Grand Avenue Arts and Small Business District website.

GAMA has been active in working with the City of Phoenix Planning Department to build a consensus for future development of the area. Planning efforts to date have coalesced around the general idea of a walkable, vital, and exciting streetscape experience, focusing on preservation and rehabilitation of the existing building stock while allowing enhancement of the street with the addition of compatible new features. Most recently, lower Grand Avenue was the focus of a "complete streets" sustainability planning effort funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. View the full report here.

The first phase of the Grand Avenue Rail Project will run along lower Grand, connecting the future light rail station at 7th Avenue and Washington Street with the State Fairgrounds. In providing permanent, pedestrian-oriented transportation infrastructure on lower Grand, the project enhances and complements the Greening on Grand plan and will encourage sensible redevelopment of the area. GARP will be an anchor and focus for revitalizing Lower Grand.

 

The Grand Avenue Rail Project - Phoenix, Arizona

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