Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 due to the weather forecasts for the weekend.
On Feb. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. the town of Oro Valley will host a unique community event called “Walk the Block.” We encourage all community members to meet us at the intersection of Lambert Lane and La Cañada Drive to learn and share ideas about the Oro Valley Main Streets project! This event will include fun for the whole family. There will be a short walking course, activities, games, giveaways, a raffle and a food truck area. Additionally, the first 200 people to complete the short walk will get free gelato! The event will culminate with a Luminaria Walk at 6:30 p.m. Check out all the event details at www.facebook.com/MainStreetsOV.
Oro Valley Main Streets is a town project to promote areas for gathering, dining and shopping that serve as a town center. In the past, residents have said that Oro Valley needs a heart—a place to gather, walk, shop, eat and play. A place to be with friends and family, and a place that reflects the unique community character.
When residents were surveyed in 2013, the number one thing they enjoyed least about Oro Valley was the distance to or lack of services. Comments included “a lack of services, stores and amenities,” “doesn’t have a real downtown,” “there’s no central location to meet people,” and/or “everything closes very early.” Additionally, the survey highlighted the top three areas of additional focus for Oro Valley to become a more complete or livable community: employment opportunities, shopping opportunities and festivals or cultural events.
Oro Valley Main Streets will make Oro Valley a more complete community, bringing services and a town center to the community.
Oro Valley is a growing, thriving community because of careful planning. Main Streets is part of a forward-thinking agenda. We’re planning for economic development, community gathering and the continued attractiveness of the community. To generate employment growth, the town needs to be a desirable place for businesses and their workforce.
National trends show that highly skilled workers are just as interested in job location and local amenities as the job itself. They want to live, shop, work and play in one place. The Town of Oro Valley is continuing its standard of excellence by planning for local main streets now. Oro Valley Main Streets will provide current residents with a town center while appealing to new employers and residents for a strong economic future.
Oro Valley Main Streets will start by focusing on two local commercial areas, which you probably already know and visit. One is the area at La Cañada Drive and Lambert Lane, and the other is the area around Oracle Road and First Avenue. The project may also create a connection between the two commercial areas along Lambert Lane. Oro Valley
Main Streets will focus on creating family-friendly features and economic development in areas that are already important to the community.
Through the Oro Valley Main Streets project, residents, property owners, stakeholders and town staff will craft and execute a collaborative, long-range plan. These walkable and unique areas will enhance OV’s lifestyle and economy.
As a first step in the project, the Main Streets Draft Concept Plan was recently released. Based on community input, the Concept Plan offers high-level direction and illustrates a possible future. The Vision Statement for Oro Valley Main Streets really highlights what this project is all about:
“Oro Valley’s unique Main Streets serve as the center of the town and reflect the community character. People come from near and far to walk around, check out local shops and grab a bite to eat. Visitors can meet locals, bring friends and share with family. Main Streets are inviting, walkable and vibrant and offer recreation, commercial, entertainment and cultural activity.”
Visit the project website at www.orovalleyaz.gov/MainStreets to learn more about the project, the “Walk the Block” event, read the draft Concept Plan and join the mailing list. Follow Oro Valley Main Streets at www.facebook.com/MainStreetsOV. Comments and questions can be directed to MainStreetsOV@orovalleyaz.gov.