by Joel G. Belloc, Mayor, City of Eloy
Welcome to 2019! I hope you and your family had a great holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a successful start to the new year. As this is my first message of 2019, it is a perfect time to provide an Eloy update.
Construction continues on the new Eloy City Hall building, and we anticipate completion around the end of February with a move-in in March. This event has been a long time in the making, resulting in a modern facility that everyone who lives or does business in Eloy can be proud of.
City Hall, perfectly located across from Main Street Park, will be a center of government and commerce. Similar to a shopping center, City Hall will be the anchor tenant that acts as a magnet for new private investments. At the same time, work is underway to transform the previous City Hall/Police building into a modern public-safety facility with the space and services necessary to enhance police activities and improve efficiency.
Also happening in 2019: Our consultants continue to make progress on two economic development fronts — revitalizing downtown and completing the Eloy Economic Development Strategic Plan.
In terms of revitalization, the architecture firm of Blank Studio, paired with ARC Studios, has been researching and preparing illustrations of various architectural treatments for Main Street building facades. The often-used term of “open for business” will be made very clear as residents and visitors turn north on Main Street, see new design elements and a refreshed building face on many of the buildings.
Main Street Park will serve as the centerpiece; City Hall as a bookend on one side and Public Safety serving on the other. Once the outside world sees that Eloy has stepped up to invest in its own future, we will be able to attract new outside investments resulting in new jobs, shopping choices and housing opportunities.
Another project underway and approaching completion is the Eloy Economic Development Strategic Plan. As I have stated in the past, Eloy has employed a very different approach with this effort, choosing to focus on the short term of three to five years rather than a typical 10- to 20-year plan that is the common approach.
In addition to improving Eloy’s curb appeal, as mentioned above, this strategic plan will address challenges head-on, leverage opportunities and provide the needed road map for jump-starting and maintaining Eloy’s economic development momentum.
The consultant team of ESI Corp., Michael Baker International, and L.L. Consulting has been busy completing the basic analytics necessary to create the plan. In addition to almost daily interactions with staff and completing 60 one-on-one interviews, a special committee — the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) — has been formed to help lay the foundation for a plan that is dynamic and Eloy specific.
This plan, in addition to the existing efforts by staff, is intended to elevate and keep Eloy successful in the highly competitive world of community economic development. The goals are straight forward: Create a plan to benefit Eloy residents by encouraging new employers to locate in Eloy and existing companies to expand here. The plan is expected to be completed in March.
Lastly, please join me in thanking our recent out-going City Council member JoAnne Galindo for her service to the community and welcoming our incoming Council member George Reuter. Serving as a Council member is no easy task, and we sincerely appreciate her hard work and his desire to serve.
My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is simple: to not only continue advancing the good work we are doing in Eloy, but also to work hand in glove with our partners to enhance the region and Pinal County. Please accept my best wishes for a prosperous 2019!