Oct 23, 2023 - News

"The Trailhead" development expects to break ground in north Peoria soon

A large of plot of dirt surrounded by a chain link fence, with mountains in the background.

The future site of The Trailhead, at the northeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road in Peoria. Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

If you've driven by 83rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road, you might've wondered what's going to be built on the massive fenced-off plot of land on the northeast corner.

The answer is The Trailhead, a huge mixed-use development in north Peoria.

State of play: The Peoria City Council last year OK'd the long-delayed 45-acre project.

  • It'll include market-rate apartments with 336 units, a Safeway with a gas station, restaurants, retail space and a church with a 15,000-square-foot worship space.
  • It will include a "meandering corner pathway" that will draw in pedestrians from 83rd and Happy Valley, according to a report the developer, the Pederson Group, submitted to the city.
  • Founder and chairman Jim Pederson tells Axios Phoenix there will be a meeting area modeled on the northeast corner of Uptown Plaza in central Phoenix and anchored by a family-friendly restaurant.

Between the lines: The Trailhead has been a long time coming, and it hit some bumps in the road before getting approval.

  • The project was originally planned as an upscale shopping center to be built in 2020. One problem the developer faced was putting together a deal with multiple property owners, including the state, the Phoenix Business Journal reported last year.
  • Some Peoria residents opposed the project after original plans for 110 single-family homes were scrapped in favor of the apartments, according to the Arizona Republic.

What's next: Pederson tells us they expect to begin construction in a couple of weeks, and the Safeway and most of the shops should be completed in late summer or early fall 2024.

  • Safeway wants to be open by back-to-school time next year, he says.
  • Construction will likely begin on the apartments around the time the shops open.
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