$120,000 Awarded for 56th Street Redesign

FROM the ACMNA newsletter...

The SAVES and Connects 56th St Group is excited to announce its award of the 2017 Maricopa Association of Governments Design Assistance Grant. You may be asking yourself, “What is the MAG Design Grant and what does this mean?” Since February of this year ACMNA has teamed up with The Arcadia Osborn Neighborhood Association and local school leaders to address several issues relating to 56th Street, specifically: Safety, Aesthetics, Volumes, Enjoyment, Speeds and Connectivity.

Traffic and Overgrowth on 56th Street

Traffic and Overgrowth on 56th Street

The committee worked directly with local schools (VERITAS, Hopi, Ingleside, Arcadia, Prince of Peace and St Theresa) to assess and identify specific concerns. The committee engaged local leaders (Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Representative Maria Syms and Camelback East Village Planning Committee Chairman, Jay Swart) to garner support for our cause. Most importantly, we met monthly with City Staff (Sam Stone, Mark Melnychenko, Michael Pinder, Eileen Yazzie and Scott Logan) to guide us in our work. In addition, Dawn Cartier, Principle Traffic Engineer with CivTech contributed much extra time in guiding us through the application process. All totaled the letters, survey responses, traffic data and meetings with city planners has paid off for Arcadia and netted us $120,000 in design assistance for 56th Street.

Later this year we anticipate that the city will select a design firm capable of managing the complete streets project of 56th from Camelback to Thomas (and possibly Oak). The term “complete streets” is a key word, as the project seeks to best serve the needs of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. This visually significant corridor has the potential to be an enjoyable connector to walking paths, parks, the canal system and safely bring commuters and school children through our neighborhood.

We want to assure you that no plans will be finalized without heavy community input and consideration. The ACMNA will keep you updated on all community meetings as well as representing all ideas and concerns we have received to date. If you want to stay up-to-date on design progress, sign up for meeting notices, or if you have ideas or want share, please visit acmna.org/56th-street