Zehring: Papago Plaza’s new business can also mean new community

Maggie Zehring grocery shops with her three sons. (photo by Shea Brie Photography)

Nearly every week I walk across Eldorado Park or take the short drive from my nearby home to Fry’s Marketplace to get our weekly load of groceries.

Since I started working from home, I’ve schlepped my three boys (all under the age of three) with me on the adventure.

I believe strongly in the power of fully integrating into our neighborhood and community no matter the amenity or activity. In the case of our growing family, integration can look a lot like getting to know the folks working at our local grocer and teaching these little boys to be respectful citizens in the cereal aisle.

There are small lessons to be gained in bringing kids along for adult chores.

It’s in this same vein that I deeply value and am incredibly thrilled at the upcoming development of the Papago Plaza.

The proposed retail spaces, boutique hotel, and grocery are incredibly appealing as a resident. From the vantage point of a homeowner, I’m thrilled at the facelift this development will do for our neighborhood.

And as a mother of very young children, I’m ecstatic at the opportunity to introduce my kids to another part of our neighborhood that we can frequent, explore, and gain community.

Papago Plaza isn’t just a good development opportunity for our community — it’s a chance for our neighborhood to expand and welcome in new businesses, spaces for community, and neighbors.

Last week, the city held a public meeting to get more input into the design of the project, and I was impressed by how well attended the meeting was, and by the input offered by the community. We all want the best redevelopment we can get for our neighborhood and this iconic corner, and I’m convinced it will be just that.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Zehring is a Scottsdale resident.

Maggie Zehring grocery shops with her three sons. (photo by Shea Brie Photography)

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