There is a lot happening in our little town. I am happy to be living here and I am honored to serve on the Carefree Town Council.
During the past year we have seen a number of projects come to fruition. As recommended by input from The Urban Land Institute, The Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Downtown Carefree Revitalization Plan developed by The Baker Study, we have embarked on a path of building our Town Center, adding residents and building profitable businesses. As a result of these community wide efforts to seek solutions and cultivate a common direction the Town is beginning to see some meaningful private investment:
Earlier this year Historic Spanish Village was bought by a new owner and has attracted a number of new businesses and a new restaurant (opening in the fall).
The Carefree Resort was sold and is currently being transformed into a world class wellness resort being rebranded as Civana Carefree. The owner is investing $40 million into this one-of-a-kind transformation!
The latest good news is the development of luxury apartment homes representing an investment of $44 million on the south parcel of the old Ed Lewis project. As a point of reference this is located on the dirt lot downhill from the Spirit in the Desert Retreat center and behind Basha’s. Included in this building will be 135 residences with concierge services, resort style swimming pool, spa and outdoor gardens. As typical of residential rentals, many of these residents will be full time residents and will help to insulate the seasonal declines in traffic for many of our businesses in the hotter summer months. As a result, this will assist the Town in attracting additional businesses and restaurants within our beautiful town core. This is a win win for our residents and businesses.
Please be assured that in conjunction with the changes, we are taking special care to ensure that development is being done with special attention to maintaining the Town’s character while at the same time ensuring a robust future for all of us.
If you would like to hear more, please contact me, the Mayor or any of the other Town Council Members. Better yet come to our Town Council Meetings held on the first Tuesday of every month. Another option, the Mayor and I would be happy to schedule a public HOA meeting to discuss face-to-face.
These are exciting times in the history of our town and we would love to share the excitement with each of you.
Town of Carefree