City of Tolleson is proud to announce the kick-off of an exciting
project that will have a positive impact on Tolleson’s future: Downtown
Tolleson is getting a makeover and the City is being revitalized.
The project, and Tolleson's Downtown, is officially titled the “Paseo de Luces”, or "Path
The project includes improvements to Van Buren Street, from 91st to 96th
Avenue, to develop a vibrant destination environment with a true sense
of place for the community. The project, known as "Paseo de Luces",
will build upon Tolleson's rich history and culture. Additional
aesthetic improvements may also take place between 96th Avenue and 99th
Avenue. Some of the improvements include bike lanes, wide
tree-shaded sidewalks, signage, landscaping, lighting, street
furnishings, and artwork in collaboration with West Valley Arts
Council's Gallery 37 Program. A center turn lane will also be
maintained; there is no plan for a raised median as part of the
project. There will continue to be on-street parking and the
wider sidewalk, or pedestrian area, will include room for on-street
dining. The goal is to develop Tolleson's Downtown into an active,
vibrant place to live, work, play, shop and eat. The Paseo de
Luces improvements will provide an opportunity for Tolleson to become
recognized as a cultural destination, while keeping its small-town feel.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for Luces de Navidad
2014, scheduled for December 13-14, 2014.
Key milestones for the
project are tentatively scheduled as follows:
January - February
2014: Storm Drain Construction
February - May 2014:
North Side of Van Buren Construction
May - October 2014:
South Side of Van Buren Construction
March - September 2014:
Plaza Construction (near Tolleson Elementary School District)
October - November
2014: Final Paving, Striping, Signage and Furnishings
design team held meetings to solicit input and comments with area
businesses, seniors, Teen Council, residents, and property owners.
The information from these meetings was used by the project team to
develop initial concepts for the general theme and character of the improvements
(see images below).
project also included a branding component for identifying and marketing
the Downtown. From input generated at meetings with City of
Tolleson staff, businesses, residents, seniors, and teens, the brand "Paseo
de Luces" or "Path of Lights" (at left) was developed based on the
following brand proposition:
Tolleson honors its vibrant history with an enthusiastic eye toward the
future. A community tightly woven together, generations of families
celebrating a quality of life bound equally to deep roots in the soil
and as an emerging technology and industry leader. Its culture reflects
a respect for the elders that founded an identity anchored in an
agrarian and Hispanic past while also emphasizing vibrancy and activity
that will engage new generations of residents and visitors. A small town
with big ideas, Tolleson boasts a unique blueprint for maintaining
balance between a glorious yesterday and an exhilarating tomorrow,
welcoming opportunity and progress with generous hearts, industrious
hands and open minds.
keep updated on the project, please click on the link at right to add
your e-mail address or contact the project hotline at 602-532-6100.