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Design begins on controversial Arizona Ave downtown
A contract worth $349,100 was awarded to Achen- board of directors, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
AZ AVENUE REDESIGN
Gardner Engineering, LLC for the South Arizona Avenue and some merchants. Other merchants, including
Entry Corridor improvements on a City of Chandler
Chandler
Roger and Tresha Baldwin of Murphy’s Law and several
council vote of 5-2. That followed a close 4-3 vote in citizens opposed the project.
late June narrowly approving the concept to create a Council members against both motions were Matt
“new entryway to downtown” from the Santan Loop 202 Frye Rd. Orlando and Jeff Weninger. Orlando says it “defi es
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Freeway by changing the confi guration along Arizona
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logic” to restrict lanes, which he believes will create
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“chokepoints” downtown and hurt the fl ow of traffi c.
Council members essentially eliminated the current
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dedicated left turn lanes between Boston and Pecos,
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money to reduce traffi c downtown, and was concerned
and opted instead for left-turn intersections at Buffalo,
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there was no “end game” in mind for fi nishing the area.
Boston and possibly Chicago. They debated between Mayor Boyd Dunn favored the project, saying it
bike lanes and additional on-street parking, fi nally would allow future development beyond the downtown
opting for bicycle paths during the June 22 vote. During
MAP DESIGN BY RYAN ERICKSON MAP NOT TO SCALE
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discussion on June 25, discussion for the design phase indicated a possible Council member Rick Heumann noted language in the project that would allow
compromise for both. the Council to review the project again in November. Public Works Director R.J.
Other changes include widening sidewalks and promoting a more pedestrian- Zeder confi rmed that the project might not go forward “if the economy deteriorates
friendly environment while keeping two of the current lanes in both directions further” in Heumann’s words.
between Chandler Boulevard and Pecos Road. The $9 million price tag for the street and utility improvements was authorized
The project had support of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership by voters in a 2007 bond election. It’s expected to take about 9 months to complete.
City schedule changes, closures for July 4 Mercy Gilbert exceeds patients’ expectations
Some City of Chandler services and centers will have altered schedules for Based off the responses to surveys given to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center patients
Independence Day weekend, and others will be closed altogether.
before their visit – asking them to report on quality of care, reliability and customization
Chandler aquatic centers and pools open as scheduled. However, they will close
– the medical center was awarded the “Exceeding Patient Expectations” designation by
at 5 p.m. on Sat., July 4.
Avatar International.
The following City services will be closed on July 4: City administration offi ces, the
David Medvedeff, CEO of Avatar, an industry leader in healthcare quality
improvement services, says the accomplishment is hard to achieve.
Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Facility, Chandler Tennis Center at Tumbleweed
“The hallmark of exceptional service to patients is to consistently meet or exceed
Park, Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Environmental Education Center, Snedigar
their expectations – not always an easy task,” Medvedeff says. “Mercy Gilbert Medical
Recreation Center, the City Senior Center, Downtown Community Center and all
Center demonstrated that it exceeds its patients’ expectations in a tangible and
Chandler Public Libraries. measurable manner.”
City entities that will remain closed on Sun., July 5 are the administration offi ces, Laurie Eberst, president and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center says the medical
Environmental Education Center, Snedigar Recreation Center, the City Senior
center is proud of the care and service it provides.
Center and Downtown Community Center.
“We are honored to receive this national award from Avatar, and we will strive to
continue to exceed our patients’ expectations every time they come through our doors
for care,” she adds.
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