plans needed for streets, councilman says
Al-Hamdany thinks it would lead to problems.
speaker was even more blunt, arguing that the crime rate could go up if there
was open access between the Indian community south of Pecos Road and the rest of
officials have engaged in talks with tribal officials over the Indian
community's interest in extending 48th, 40th and 32nd streets south. No
agreements have been reached.
Rogers said Gila River Indian Community members already come to Ahwatukee to
shop, play and attend school, and that the Indians would like better and easier
access for that reason, not for criminal activity.
haven't sustained measurable crime by members of the Gila River Indian
Community," Rogers said.
police Lt. Mike Cecchini said in a later interview that he doesn't think that
connecting streets south will make much difference for crime-fighters.
a policing standpoint it won't be that big an impact. You will have positives
and negatives," Cecchini said. "All you are doing is creating
told the crowd that one location he would not support extending access is on
48th Street through Pecos Park, but that he would keep an open mind on access
south using other streets.
needs to be as reasonable as possible with the Gila River Indian Community, and
they need to be reasonable with us," Stanton said.
Gila River Indian Community has plans to develop the area south of Pecos Road
between Interstate 10 and 32nd Street with offices, resorts and retail
development. The Indian community has already built two golf courses, a resort,
museum, stables and a casino in the area. Groundbreaking for Rawhide took place
last week, another major attraction that is expected to lure 600,000 people a
year when it opens in December.
thing that Stanton doesn't want is traffic being forced to cut through Ahwatukee
Foothills on its way to the Gila River Indian Community.
said that extending 40th Street south would make sense because that would also
be the first off-ramp from I-10 on any South Mountain Loop 202 freeway and it
would make for the logical entrance to the Indian community.