Revitalizing the West End

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The City of Sierra Vista is working on a long envisioned project--creating a downtown environment!

A section of West Fry Boulevard and North Garden Avenue was redesigned using a "complete streets" approach that builds a road that meets the needs of motorized vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. A complete street also incorporates public-friendly amenities (like benches, gathering areas, and lighting) that will enhance the business district. Construction on Phase One of the Fry Boulevard and Garden Avenue Improvement Project wrapped up in early 2022.

This moves forward the redevelopment vision for a town center--a top desire of local residents that

The City of Sierra Vista is working on a long envisioned project--creating a downtown environment!

A section of West Fry Boulevard and North Garden Avenue was redesigned using a "complete streets" approach that builds a road that meets the needs of motorized vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. A complete street also incorporates public-friendly amenities (like benches, gathering areas, and lighting) that will enhance the business district. Construction on Phase One of the Fry Boulevard and Garden Avenue Improvement Project wrapped up in early 2022.

This moves forward the redevelopment vision for a town center--a top desire of local residents that was expressed during "Dream Your City," becoming the foundation for part of the Vista 2030: General Plan. Phase One of the project brought major changes to the commercial corridor along Fry Boulevard between North Garden Avenue and Carmichael Avenue, and along North Garden Avenue between Fry Boulevard and Whitton Street. The next phase will extend the streetscape improvements along North Garden Avenue north of Whitton. That phase is now under design, with construction expected to begin in late 2023.

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  • Share Not the west end, but the east end. Please redirect my question to the appropriate person (team). Is there any plan to repave the east end of Fry Blvd and small portion of Hwy 90 past Fry Grocery Store, also Hwy 92 as it crosses Fry Blvd to Charleston Rd ? Appreciate your response soonest ! Rick on Facebook Share Not the west end, but the east end. Please redirect my question to the appropriate person (team). Is there any plan to repave the east end of Fry Blvd and small portion of Hwy 90 past Fry Grocery Store, also Hwy 92 as it crosses Fry Blvd to Charleston Rd ? Appreciate your response soonest ! Rick on Twitter Share Not the west end, but the east end. Please redirect my question to the appropriate person (team). Is there any plan to repave the east end of Fry Blvd and small portion of Hwy 90 past Fry Grocery Store, also Hwy 92 as it crosses Fry Blvd to Charleston Rd ? Appreciate your response soonest ! Rick on Linkedin Email Not the west end, but the east end. Please redirect my question to the appropriate person (team). Is there any plan to repave the east end of Fry Blvd and small portion of Hwy 90 past Fry Grocery Store, also Hwy 92 as it crosses Fry Blvd to Charleston Rd ? Appreciate your response soonest ! Rick link

    Not the west end, but the east end. Please redirect my question to the appropriate person (team). Is there any plan to repave the east end of Fry Blvd and small portion of Hwy 90 past Fry Grocery Store, also Hwy 92 as it crosses Fry Blvd to Charleston Rd ? Appreciate your response soonest ! Rick

    Yannuzzi asked 6 months ago

    The Arizona Department of Transportation is doing a pavement project on Hwy. 90 from the border patrol station to Moson Road. You can learn more about the project and sign up for email updates by visiting State Route 90: Border Patrol Station to Moson Road pavement project | Department of Transportation (azdot.gov).

  • Share Do future phases include adding music, art, or history? Historical markers or plaques? Outdoor musical instruments like Harmony park? https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYF8mIGWQiE&feature=share8 on Facebook Share Do future phases include adding music, art, or history? Historical markers or plaques? Outdoor musical instruments like Harmony park? https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYF8mIGWQiE&feature=share8 on Twitter Share Do future phases include adding music, art, or history? Historical markers or plaques? Outdoor musical instruments like Harmony park? https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYF8mIGWQiE&feature=share8 on Linkedin Email Do future phases include adding music, art, or history? Historical markers or plaques? Outdoor musical instruments like Harmony park? https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYF8mIGWQiE&feature=share8 link

    Do future phases include adding music, art, or history? Historical markers or plaques? Outdoor musical instruments like Harmony park? https://youtube.com/watch?v=jYF8mIGWQiE&feature=share8

    Emoore asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your suggestions! We do look for opportunities to add art into the West End. We've had success with the addition of numerous murals in the last several years, with business leveraging our matching grant program and Liberty being willing to use a water tower for the large hummingbird mural. We will absolutely consider additional ways to incorporate art, history, and possibly interactive elements like the music instruments you mention as we make more progress in the West End. 

  • Share In Fry upgrade, why are the trees jammed up to the curb of the street so that it blocks the view from oncoming cars. Those trees are going to get bigger and the problem worse. So when you continue the upgrade please put the trees closest to the building as they should be and is on Fry that is between Buffalo Soldier & North Garden. Just wondering way everything was backwards with the bike path closest to the building, the pedestrian in the middle and the trees blocking the view of traffic. :/ MUTCD guidelines is that the bike lane is closest to the road, isn't it? on Facebook Share In Fry upgrade, why are the trees jammed up to the curb of the street so that it blocks the view from oncoming cars. Those trees are going to get bigger and the problem worse. So when you continue the upgrade please put the trees closest to the building as they should be and is on Fry that is between Buffalo Soldier & North Garden. Just wondering way everything was backwards with the bike path closest to the building, the pedestrian in the middle and the trees blocking the view of traffic. :/ MUTCD guidelines is that the bike lane is closest to the road, isn't it? on Twitter Share In Fry upgrade, why are the trees jammed up to the curb of the street so that it blocks the view from oncoming cars. Those trees are going to get bigger and the problem worse. So when you continue the upgrade please put the trees closest to the building as they should be and is on Fry that is between Buffalo Soldier & North Garden. Just wondering way everything was backwards with the bike path closest to the building, the pedestrian in the middle and the trees blocking the view of traffic. :/ MUTCD guidelines is that the bike lane is closest to the road, isn't it? on Linkedin Email In Fry upgrade, why are the trees jammed up to the curb of the street so that it blocks the view from oncoming cars. Those trees are going to get bigger and the problem worse. So when you continue the upgrade please put the trees closest to the building as they should be and is on Fry that is between Buffalo Soldier & North Garden. Just wondering way everything was backwards with the bike path closest to the building, the pedestrian in the middle and the trees blocking the view of traffic. :/ MUTCD guidelines is that the bike lane is closest to the road, isn't it? link

    In Fry upgrade, why are the trees jammed up to the curb of the street so that it blocks the view from oncoming cars. Those trees are going to get bigger and the problem worse. So when you continue the upgrade please put the trees closest to the building as they should be and is on Fry that is between Buffalo Soldier & North Garden. Just wondering way everything was backwards with the bike path closest to the building, the pedestrian in the middle and the trees blocking the view of traffic. :/ MUTCD guidelines is that the bike lane is closest to the road, isn't it?

    svaz85635 asked about 1 year ago

    The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) governs the design and placement of signs. It does not mandate a specific roadway cross section as those will vary based on the circumstances. In our case, we put the landscaping buffer adjacent to the roadway for a few different reasons:

    1. The Fry project makes use of low-impact development (LID) whereby stormwater is collected in landscaped areas adjacent to the street. The West End of Sierra Vista predates modern stormwater regulations, and flooding has been a problem for years. The landscaped areas adjacent to the street help to collect the stormwater and allow it to infiltrate rather than flooding downstream areas.
    2. The inclusion of on-street parking also had an impact on where we put designated bike areas. When bike lanes are put next to on-street parking, there is the potential for a motorist to “door” a bicyclist. The driver doesn’t seen the bicyclist approaching, opens their door, and the bicycle crashes into it.
    3. Pedestrians prefer a buffer between the roadway and designated walking areas. As vehicles speeds increase, walking right next to moving vehicles becomes more uncomfortable. You see this on both MLK and Avenida Cochise, which have both a sidewalk adjacent to the road and a separated multi-use path. Pedestrians prefer the multi-use path and rarely use the sidewalk.
    4. Street trees are common in many areas and shade both the roadway and adjacent pedestrian areas. As the trees get bigger, they will be trimmed by the Parks Department so that their limbs are above site vision areas. The tree trunks don’t end up being any more of an obstruction than electrical poles, streetlights, or any other vertical element which is found in the public right-of-way.  Also, with vehicle speeds on Fry Blvd being reduced as part of the project, cars pulling from side streets and driveways have more opportunity to perceive and react to oncoming vehicles.
  • Share Have you considered opening a natural history museum on the West End of Fry Blvd? A natural history museum in Sierra Vista could attract tourism from around the state (and southern New Mexico). Similarly-sized communities such as Rapid City, South Dakota (pop. 74,000) and Themopolis, Wyoming (pop. 3,000) have natural history museums. Sierra Vista is home to major mammoth excavation sites. But the fossils leave Cochise County once they are found, to land in state collections in Tucson and Phoenix. Whetstone is also the site of the excavation of Sonorasaurus; again, the fossils went to Tucson. The same is true of fossil sites on Ft. Huachuca and Double Adobe. These fossils leave this county to support taxpayer and community bases elsewhere. A natural history museum in the West End could bring much-needed tourism and growth to the area, and cement the City of Sierra Vista's commitment to the West End. on Facebook Share Have you considered opening a natural history museum on the West End of Fry Blvd? A natural history museum in Sierra Vista could attract tourism from around the state (and southern New Mexico). Similarly-sized communities such as Rapid City, South Dakota (pop. 74,000) and Themopolis, Wyoming (pop. 3,000) have natural history museums. Sierra Vista is home to major mammoth excavation sites. But the fossils leave Cochise County once they are found, to land in state collections in Tucson and Phoenix. Whetstone is also the site of the excavation of Sonorasaurus; again, the fossils went to Tucson. The same is true of fossil sites on Ft. Huachuca and Double Adobe. These fossils leave this county to support taxpayer and community bases elsewhere. A natural history museum in the West End could bring much-needed tourism and growth to the area, and cement the City of Sierra Vista's commitment to the West End. on Twitter Share Have you considered opening a natural history museum on the West End of Fry Blvd? A natural history museum in Sierra Vista could attract tourism from around the state (and southern New Mexico). Similarly-sized communities such as Rapid City, South Dakota (pop. 74,000) and Themopolis, Wyoming (pop. 3,000) have natural history museums. Sierra Vista is home to major mammoth excavation sites. But the fossils leave Cochise County once they are found, to land in state collections in Tucson and Phoenix. Whetstone is also the site of the excavation of Sonorasaurus; again, the fossils went to Tucson. The same is true of fossil sites on Ft. Huachuca and Double Adobe. These fossils leave this county to support taxpayer and community bases elsewhere. A natural history museum in the West End could bring much-needed tourism and growth to the area, and cement the City of Sierra Vista's commitment to the West End. on Linkedin Email Have you considered opening a natural history museum on the West End of Fry Blvd? A natural history museum in Sierra Vista could attract tourism from around the state (and southern New Mexico). Similarly-sized communities such as Rapid City, South Dakota (pop. 74,000) and Themopolis, Wyoming (pop. 3,000) have natural history museums. Sierra Vista is home to major mammoth excavation sites. But the fossils leave Cochise County once they are found, to land in state collections in Tucson and Phoenix. Whetstone is also the site of the excavation of Sonorasaurus; again, the fossils went to Tucson. The same is true of fossil sites on Ft. Huachuca and Double Adobe. These fossils leave this county to support taxpayer and community bases elsewhere. A natural history museum in the West End could bring much-needed tourism and growth to the area, and cement the City of Sierra Vista's commitment to the West End. link

    Have you considered opening a natural history museum on the West End of Fry Blvd? A natural history museum in Sierra Vista could attract tourism from around the state (and southern New Mexico). Similarly-sized communities such as Rapid City, South Dakota (pop. 74,000) and Themopolis, Wyoming (pop. 3,000) have natural history museums. Sierra Vista is home to major mammoth excavation sites. But the fossils leave Cochise County once they are found, to land in state collections in Tucson and Phoenix. Whetstone is also the site of the excavation of Sonorasaurus; again, the fossils went to Tucson. The same is true of fossil sites on Ft. Huachuca and Double Adobe. These fossils leave this county to support taxpayer and community bases elsewhere. A natural history museum in the West End could bring much-needed tourism and growth to the area, and cement the City of Sierra Vista's commitment to the West End.

    Ron H asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Ron! Thank you for your suggestion. There certainly is a lot of natural and cultural history here, and a museum is a terrific idea and the West End has been on our radar for a museum location for many years. Moving this multi-million dollar project forward would be a heavy lift, and the City would welcome a conversation with a partner organization. 

  • Share I just opened my counseling office on 325 W Fry Blvd. I can’t afford putting up to code the outside front. How can you help me? I am renting the space. on Facebook Share I just opened my counseling office on 325 W Fry Blvd. I can’t afford putting up to code the outside front. How can you help me? I am renting the space. on Twitter Share I just opened my counseling office on 325 W Fry Blvd. I can’t afford putting up to code the outside front. How can you help me? I am renting the space. on Linkedin Email I just opened my counseling office on 325 W Fry Blvd. I can’t afford putting up to code the outside front. How can you help me? I am renting the space. link

    I just opened my counseling office on 325 W Fry Blvd. I can’t afford putting up to code the outside front. How can you help me? I am renting the space.

    BetterChoices asked over 1 year ago

    You may be able to take advantage of our matching grant program for the West Sierra Vista Redevelopment Area. You can access the application here: https://www.sierravistaaz.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/5826/637951094896430000. For more information, you can email Community Development Director Matt McLachlan at Matt.McLachlan@SierraVistaAZ.gov

  • Share Has there been consideration of extending this down most of Fry? There are many businesses along the the stretch of Fry from Fab to Lenzner that would benefit from a downtown feel and complete streets. There is a lot near the Fry and Lenzner that would fit a bus stop and maybe a public parking lot or gathering space. on Facebook Share Has there been consideration of extending this down most of Fry? There are many businesses along the the stretch of Fry from Fab to Lenzner that would benefit from a downtown feel and complete streets. There is a lot near the Fry and Lenzner that would fit a bus stop and maybe a public parking lot or gathering space. on Twitter Share Has there been consideration of extending this down most of Fry? There are many businesses along the the stretch of Fry from Fab to Lenzner that would benefit from a downtown feel and complete streets. There is a lot near the Fry and Lenzner that would fit a bus stop and maybe a public parking lot or gathering space. on Linkedin Email Has there been consideration of extending this down most of Fry? There are many businesses along the the stretch of Fry from Fab to Lenzner that would benefit from a downtown feel and complete streets. There is a lot near the Fry and Lenzner that would fit a bus stop and maybe a public parking lot or gathering space. link

    Has there been consideration of extending this down most of Fry? There are many businesses along the the stretch of Fry from Fab to Lenzner that would benefit from a downtown feel and complete streets. There is a lot near the Fry and Lenzner that would fit a bus stop and maybe a public parking lot or gathering space.

    AClapper asked over 2 years ago

    Phase 2 of this project will extend the improvements north along Garden Avenue and is currently under design, with construction expected in 2023. After that we will begin work on Phase 3, which will extend the streetscape east along Fry Boulevard with the potential to go as far as 7th Street (the eastern boundary of the West End). 

  • Share How will this impact Vista Transit? on Facebook Share How will this impact Vista Transit? on Twitter Share How will this impact Vista Transit? on Linkedin Email How will this impact Vista Transit? link

    How will this impact Vista Transit?

    Miranda Allison Young asked about 3 years ago

    Only the Orange and Red Vista Transit routes travel along West Fry and North Garden, and there is currently only one Transit stop in the redevelopment area, on North Garden.  Motorists, including Vista Transit buses, will still be able to drive along both roadways during construction. The stop on North Garden may be temporarily relocated during construction, and the City will be sure to announce any changes as far in advance as possible.

  • Share Also, has Sierra Vista considered aesthetic limitations or guidelines throughout the town? Perhaps encouraging businesses to keep to a Southwest color pallete or style would be unifying or attractive. Certain murals and paint colors along Fry are quite detracting. Fry, near Fort Huachuca, seems to provide the first impression to visitors to Sierra Vista. on Facebook Share Also, has Sierra Vista considered aesthetic limitations or guidelines throughout the town? Perhaps encouraging businesses to keep to a Southwest color pallete or style would be unifying or attractive. Certain murals and paint colors along Fry are quite detracting. Fry, near Fort Huachuca, seems to provide the first impression to visitors to Sierra Vista. on Twitter Share Also, has Sierra Vista considered aesthetic limitations or guidelines throughout the town? Perhaps encouraging businesses to keep to a Southwest color pallete or style would be unifying or attractive. Certain murals and paint colors along Fry are quite detracting. Fry, near Fort Huachuca, seems to provide the first impression to visitors to Sierra Vista. on Linkedin Email Also, has Sierra Vista considered aesthetic limitations or guidelines throughout the town? Perhaps encouraging businesses to keep to a Southwest color pallete or style would be unifying or attractive. Certain murals and paint colors along Fry are quite detracting. Fry, near Fort Huachuca, seems to provide the first impression to visitors to Sierra Vista. link

    Also, has Sierra Vista considered aesthetic limitations or guidelines throughout the town? Perhaps encouraging businesses to keep to a Southwest color pallete or style would be unifying or attractive. Certain murals and paint colors along Fry are quite detracting. Fry, near Fort Huachuca, seems to provide the first impression to visitors to Sierra Vista.

    Megan asked over 3 years ago

    The City has enacted an architecture and design review process for new commercial buildings and exterior façade modifications that require a building permit.  Exterior walls and roofs are required to use muted and earth tone colors with a light reflectance value of 50% or less.  Bright colors may be used for accents.  For more specifics on other design requirements, you can view this section of Code here:  https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/sierravista/latest/sierravista_az/0-0-0-20683

    Public artwork/murals placed on existing buildings on private property do not require a permit and therefore are not regulated by the City. 

  • Share Has the city considered implementing a moratorium on new commercial construction until much of the empty space (on Fry) becomes occupied? Or incentives? on Facebook Share Has the city considered implementing a moratorium on new commercial construction until much of the empty space (on Fry) becomes occupied? Or incentives? on Twitter Share Has the city considered implementing a moratorium on new commercial construction until much of the empty space (on Fry) becomes occupied? Or incentives? on Linkedin Email Has the city considered implementing a moratorium on new commercial construction until much of the empty space (on Fry) becomes occupied? Or incentives? link

    Has the city considered implementing a moratorium on new commercial construction until much of the empty space (on Fry) becomes occupied? Or incentives?

    Megan asked over 3 years ago

    Implementing a moratorium on new commercial development that is tied to the vacancy rate has not been considered by the City and is prevented by state law.  ARS 9-463.06 provides standards and limitations for enactment of moratoriums that reserve their use for situations involving a shortage of available infrastructure or public facilities: https://www.azleg.gov/viewdocument/?docName=https://www.azleg.gov/ars/9/00463-06.htm

    The City has indeed used an array of incentives to attract private interest and investment to the West End. This has been a major focus in recent years. These programs offer expedited permitting, waivers to plan review and permit fees, measured relief from certain development code provisions and from separation requirements for alcoholic beverage establishments. The City has also designated a section of the West End as a redevelopment area. This designation enables the City to provide matching grant assistance toward fixing up older properties to meet code and improve their appearance and functionality. This grant program has been used by several property owners to improve their sites in the West End. You can learn more in the cover story of the Summer 2020 issue of our print newsletter “Vistas” available here: http://docserve.sierravistaaz.gov/Home/Vistas%20Archive/2020%20June-July%20Summer%20Issue.pdf

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