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Grocery, medical, restaurants top list for south Phoenix development at 24th Street and Broadway

By Christina Estes
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 9:05pm
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 - 9:06pm

Blackberries, strawberries and other cartons of produce sit in a row
Claire Caulfield/KJZZ

Phoenix is looking to develop a major intersection known as the “Four Corners.” The City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a plan to attract specific proposals.

In an effort to fight crime and spur redevelopment, Phoenix tore down the Rainbow Market and took control of 12 acres on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Broadway Road. For more than 20 years, the land has sat vacant. 

Now, Phoenix is looking for a developer to deliver what residents want: a grocery store, medical services, sit-down restaurants, entertainment and retail. Those are the priorities that emerged from several community meetings and surveys.

If the council approves, a request for proposals will be issued. The area is less than three miles from South Mountain Park, South Mountain Community College and the under-construction South Central light rail line. 

In January, council members voted to allow MAA Wellness Center to run a temporary farmer’s market while future development plans are being considered. A council report says, “The license fee will be based on market rent and/or other valuable consideration, and any fees received will be reinvested by the Neighborhood Services Department into the community.”