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McKellips Corridor Long Range Planning Meetings Scheduled

A map of a section of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community known as the McKellips Corridor, north of Loop 202 and east of Loop 101. Council wants Community member input on potential development in the corridor. A Community member-only meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 in Lehi and Thursday, November 21 in Salt River. Both meetings start at 4 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Introduction presentations are scheduled hourly. Contact info: (480) 278-7102.

A parcel of land with promising economic potential on the southwestern edge of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will be the main discussion topic in November’s Community member–only meetings.

Council is seeking input on potential development in the McKellips Corridor near the Salt River, north of Loop 202 and east of Loop 101 (see map for details). Multiple tribal departments will be on hand for the two meetings as part of an open house.

“These Community open house meetings will provide Community members the opportunity to determine the future of the Community by having a say on what they would like to see within the McKellips Corridor” SRPMIC President Martin Harvier said.

The first meeting is Tuesday, November 12 at the Lehi Community Building, and the second meeting is Thursday, November 21 at the Salt River Community Building. Both meetings start at 4 p.m. and include introduction presentations hourly until 8 p.m. The open-house style allows a comfortable setting for attendees to digest information and share comments. Comments and ideas from Community members will be compiled and reviewed by Council to help determine the long-range planning for the corridor.

These two meetings will be the first set of meetings dedicated to gathering Community member feedback related to the McKellips Corridor. Additional opportunities to provide comments will be available in the future.

All ages are welcome, and refreshments will be provided, along with a prize raffle.

Salt River Materials Group will be vacating the Dobson plant, and Council wants the Community to start thinking about potential new uses for the land.

The parcel of land includes a designated spot on the northeasternmost corner for the Northeast Ambulatory Care Center, near Beeline Hwy Pit Stop. The clinic comes out of years of planning for new satellite outpatient health centers for Native people that include the Red Tail Hawk Health Center in the Gila River Indian Community and renovation of the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.

Back in 1991, Community leaders worked with local architect Charles Schiffner to conduct multiple listening sessions for Community members to provide comments and recommendations. That played a role in the development of the commercial corridor along the western edge of the Community.