Category Archives: District 3 News

Winners of 3rd Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge announced

Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms from across Surprise accepted a five-month reading challenge back in October, and now, the results of the 3nd Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge are in!

The Challenge, created by Councilmembers John Williams and Skip Hall, asked students in 4th-6th grade to track the number of hours they read outside the classroom. Teachers then reported those numbers back to the city.

Here are the winners in each grade:

4th Grade
Ms. Gore’s class – Arizona Charter Academy

5th Grade
Ms. Frazier’s class – West Point Elementary

6th Grade
Ms. Daniel’s class – Paradise Education Center

The top 4th and 5th grade classroom will be treated to a pizza party. They will also receive a trophy for their room and individual medals for each student.

The winning 6th grade class will accepted their accolades on the field at the March 25 Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium.

The city congratulates these winning readers!

City breaks ground on new water industry training facility

The city of Surprise, in partnership with GateWay Community College, broke ground today on the future site of the Surprise-GateWay Training Center, a facility that will provide new, mission critical labs, assembly facilities and classrooms for city water professionals and individuals interested in water resource management careers.

The 13,100 square foot training center is being constructed on the grounds of the South Plant (SPA1) Water Reclamation Facility, located near the intersection of Cactus and Litchfield roads. SPA1 currently processes over 8 million gallons of water per day.

When completed, GateWay Community College enrollees in the West Valley will have an opportunity to train adjacent to professional staff and experience the complete water reclamation and treatment process for both groundwater and drinking water.

Mayor Sharon Wolcott is pleased with the opportunities the new facility will bring to individuals interested in water resource careers.

“This is an industry losing many to retirement and this training facility will help usher in the next generation of highly skilled water and wastewater professionals who understand the lifecycle of water in Arizona,” said Wolcott.

Construction on the Surprise-GateWay Training Center is anticipated to be completed this summer and training opportunities opening as early as this fall.

For information about the training center, call 623.222.6000.

Residents feel safe & love living in Surprise; seek more local jobs & transportation solutions

The 2015 National Citizen Survey (NCS) results are in and nearly 90% of residents rate Surprise as a great place to live and would recommend living here.

The NCS serves as the city’s service report card, and the collected data assists in setting future city priorities.

The survey captures residents’ opinions within three community pillars: Community Characteristics, Governance & Participation. These are broken down into eight categories: Safety, Mobility/Transportation, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, Recreation & Wellness, Education & Enrichment and Community Engagement. Across these eight categories the city’s results were similar to over 200 peer cities across the United States.

According to the survey, the areas that are most important to Surprise residents are safety, mobility/transportation and the economy.

The city rated above the national benchmark in the following categories:
(% selected excellent/good)

88% overall appearance of the city (cleanliness)
86% recommend Surprise as a place to retire
84% Street lighting
83% Street cleaning
82% Sidewalk maintenance
81% Overall built environment
76% Affordable quality housing
74% Public parking
69% Cost of living

Survey results also indicate a need for more public transportation options and local job creation- two areas that rated below the national benchmark.

Residents were asked how likely they would be to support a separate funding source to pay for new Police and Fire-Medical personnel, which would reallocate General Fund dollars towards other projects. Sixty-six percent of residents strongly/somewhat support this proposal.

Nearly three-quarters of the surveyed residents are confident in local government, and 89% are pleased with the quality of city services.

Since the 2012 NCS, residents noted significant improvements in traffic flow, crime and fire prevention, shopping opportunities/economic development, drinking water and overall national environment. Ratings fell in the number of residents who volunteered, visited a park or watched a local public meeting.

The 2015 NCS was conducted by Boulder, Colorado-based National Research Center from October-November 2015. The survey was sent to 1,400 randomly-selected Surprise households. The overall response rate was 26%, which is average for this type of survey. The margin of error is +/- 5%. Results are weighted as to not have one particular demographic (age, sex, race, etc…) skew results.

The City of Surprise would like to thank those residents who participated in the survey. The city’s next NCS is on target for 2017.

To see the complete results visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ncs.

Mainstreet to develop a new transitional care center in Surprise, AZ

Mainstreet®, the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties, will open a Next Generation® property in Surprise in the fall of 2016. The transitional care center will provide post-acute care and recovery services to patients following hospital interventions or surgeries.

The new Surprise development will be approximately 70,000 square feet and located on five acres just south of Grand Avenue at the northwest corner of Parkview Place and Parkwood Drive. This physician-based health care property will have up to 100 patient rooms with a focus on the patient experience.

“From day one, the community of Surprise welcomed Mainstreet with open arms,” said Chris Alexander, Mainstreet’s senior development director. “We’re excited to be developing our latest transitional care center in this location, and look forward to being part of this community for many years to come.”

City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott says the project will be beneficial in several ways.

“Mainstreet aligns with the Council’s strategic plan of attracting specialty medical services as well as more jobs to Surprise that enables residents the opportunity to work in their hometown,” said Wolcott. “This project also represents a tremendous private capital investment in our community that positively impacts the growth and development of our city.”

The Mainstreet project was a lead provided by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix that works with its 23 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 170 private investors to attract quality businesses to the region. With this project, Mainstreet is projected to create 100 new jobs and bring approximately $20 million of capital investment to Surprise. The company is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana with ongoing development in Texas, Kansas and Colorado as well as 20 properties currently operating in Indiana.


About Mainstreet

Mainstreet is a national company specializing in real estate development, value investments and health care. As the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties, Mainstreet has been recognized by Senior Housing News, winning the Architecture & Design Award in 2013 and 2014, and has been named to the Inc. 500l5000 five times since 2010. For additional information, visit www.mainstreetinvestment.com.