It’s always a good thing when huge developments bring big money and tons of jobs to an area. Right?
In Tempe, there has been a LOT of new development and a LOT of new jobs announced over the past few years. Millions of square feet of space are being added, and more than 10,000 new jobs have been announced with much fanfare and excitement.
Shutterfly is one of the new projects being built along the popular tech-corridor along the 101 freeway in South Tempe. It is a massive $multi-million project that as been praised by the Mayor and council, as well as many people in the city. Heck, they even named a street after Shutterfly. They will open near a couple of other recent high profile additions to the area, like the super-cool new GoDaddy facility and the Northern Trust building.
Great news, right? Yeah, the jobs are welcome, and the sales taxes are welcome, and new residents moving to the area are welcome but… Yes, BUT. If you look at where the new 200,000 square foot Shutterfly development was placed, and if you listen to the neighbors in The Oasis Neighborhood directly to the west of Shutterfly, you’ll hear a few people singing a different tune. There’s some opposition to how close this massive development was placed next to a residential neighborhood. Not In My Back Yard, they cry.
Take a look at some of the information on the Oasis at Anozira HOA website. If you scroll down a bit you’ll see some discussion about a requested use permit by Shutterfly. You’ll also see some input by one of Shutterfly’s new neighbors.
The recently constructed monster (AKA Shutterly) has created a tremendous storm. Particularly with those who are on the east side of the Oasis. The building is located almost adjacent to the property line. Was anyone notified of the specifics of this project. I have contacted the City Manager and City Council members, requesting a response. – Ron Pies, Tempe community activist
From other things we find on the web, it sounds like Shutterfly and the city are trying to work with the neighborhood to minimize traffic, noise and any disruption to their new neighbors. It will be interesting to see how all of this shakes out as Shutterfly operates in Tempe.