Westgate in Glendale AZ

We've recycled a lot of things in Westgate in Glendale, AZ over the years that would be considered unwanted junk to some. Yet, every now and then we come across some items that are more than trivial. And though the average Magic 8-ball isn't exactly going to tell you what the future may hold for Westgate, some of the newest developments are exciting to hear about nonetheless. 

Here's what is coming soon within Glendale that you can count on.

Dubai-style thrills at the VAI Resort

largest developments in Westgate

Perhaps one of the largest developments in Westgate is the anticipated and extensive projects that are slated to open sometime this year. The most recent news report has shown a whole lotta nothing besides delayed construction within the VAI Resort itself. But the hype is calling this everything from the 'Atlantic City of Glendale' to the 'Dubai luxury experience of the West'. Call it how you like, but this resort is likely scheduled to see completion perhaps very late in 2023...

What is promised is more than 1800 new jobs for locals living everywhere between Westgate in Glendale and surrounding communities. The 60-acre resort is further boasting a 52,000-square-foot man-made island at the center of the resort itself. Some residents have even remarked that the only thing it's missing is a casino. But that wouldn't be very family-oriented -would it? So there is a solution for everything as you'll find out.

Mattel Adventure Park

Set within the Westgate Entertainment District and set off to the side of the VAI Resort is going to be Mattel's first branded theme park. It will feature many iconic Mattel-branded toys built into full-sized interactive rides and attractions. One of these will include the Thomas Adventure Train: Treasure Hunt which will take kids and parents along for an epic journey. Another attraction will include Hot Wheels Unleashed which is a 4D interactive ride.

There will be areas that include chance games, a three-story Barbie Beach House, Hot Wheels-themed go-carts and rollercoasters, and a Castle Grayskull Laser Tag Arena. Other ideal considerations include plenty of climate-controlled zones to keep guests nice and cool in the Arizona heat.

Brand new housing developments

Westgate in Glendale is one of the emerging locations for plenty of new housing and property developments recently. Even on the outskirts of town, you will find that several locations in and around Westgate are bustling with new progress.

Here's what you can expect to hear more about in 2023:

Glen 91

Recently opened in December of 2022, Glen 91 is a gated community on the edge of the Westgate Entertainment District. It features 296 units along 10 acres of land between 91st and 89th Avenue in Glendale. It also includes 186 one-bedroom units and 110 2-bedroom units built into 4-story apartment buildings around the property itself. There is a fitness center, a large swimming pool and recreation area, lounge areas, and gaming courts.

YAM Properties apartment community

Another project that is still yet to get started was announced last year in April of 2022 for a new apartment community with 314 units. While there is no official title for this new project it will cover 9 acres with multifamily apartments. It will further develop within an 8 million square foot community neighboring the Westgate Entertainment District that includes shopping, dining, and office spaces.

Vision 2 Project

Located at Loop 101 just south of Glendale Avenue and Westgate's Entertainment District, it covers 188 acres of shovel-ready property ready to develop. The Vision 2 plans have offered the potential for high-density multifamily residences, office and retail facilities, and hospitality-style businesses. And though this was announced in September of 2022, no recent plans have emerged for groundbreaking ceremonies just yet.

Townhouse project near Westgate back on track

A near-forgotten townhouse project that had begun in the 1980s located near Westgate is seeing new life once again. Marcus and & Millichap (a real estate firm) has recently purchased a 3-acre property at the northwest corner of Glendale Avenue and 77th Lane for just $700K. The slated project is to see the final completion of a townhouse community located at this location. The local HOA board members are happy to see this project will finally get underway soon.

Holiday Westgate Village

Not exactly current news for Westgate, this is a relatively new senior living campus with resort-like amenities. The property was built back in 2017 and still has lots of charm for new active-living residents. The atmosphere is a lot closer to the comfort that you get from Cruise Ship vacations which is a big plus for those who fear the concept of retirement home stigmata. On top of this, they have monthly specials and activities to keep residents more than happy.


Food, Food, and Glorious Food!

Westgate is growing for entertainment and residential living yet sometimes you gotta eat! Among the array of attractive businesses that are planned or being built, you can expect some exciting new dining options within Westgate soon enough. See more on places to eat in Glendale, AZ here.

Tulum Modern Kitchen & Cocktails

The most recent news is that Tulum is currently hiring new staff and should be open shortly. They're a New American dining concept that brings in local ingredients for a Farm-to-Table experience.

PopStroke mini golf

If you know about Tiger Woods, then you must have heard he has a chain of mini golf courses that include outdoor family-themed dining and entertainment. PopStroke will open in Westgate sometime soon this year.

Sugar Factory

More sugary goodness in the land of chocolate dreams will be found at this newly opening location in Westgate. Celebrate birthdays or just design your own candied sweets as you like from this over-the-top confectionary hotspot.

Chicken N Pickle

Not exactly the same as Chicken & Waffles, the activities you'll find at Chicken & Pickle include fantastic yard games like Pickleball, and much more. The menu isn't so fancy but does have a chef-driven selection and loads of great-tasting sports bar favorites.

Thirsty Lion

This will be the 5th location in AZ for the Thirsty Lion which will feature a 2-story restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Their menu is a bit more hip than sports bar cuisine but with just as much enthusiasm.

Pokitrition Westgate

A quirky combination of Sushi and American Style mash-up combos, Pokitrition offers something very different for healthy eating. Their signature menu items- the sushi burrito and Poke bowls have proven to be wildly popular.

Bruster's Ice Cream

If you love sweets and have a special appreciation for ice cream, Bruster's Ice Cream has found a new home in Westgate. Their selection of premium ice cream and frozen sweets is a great way to beat the AZ heat! All of their ice creams are made fresh at each location so everything on their menu has a wonderful homemade flavor.

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