City gives 'go-ahead' for Westcor development put on hold

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PHOENIX-  The City of Phoenix Planning Commission unanimously approved plans to develop a piece of prime real estate in north Phoenix.

The members voted to allow development on the desert land off Interstate 17 and Sonoran Boulevard near the Carefree Highway.

Westcor, which runs most of the big malls in the Valley, originally got the go-ahead to build an automall on the site in 2006. 

Those plans were shelved when the economy soured but they've now been brought back to life.

Instead of an automall, new plans call for a hospital and other businesses.

Residents have been watching the plans for years and are concerned about their peace and quiet disappearing while traffic backups become frequent.

"You're creating a bottleneck rivaled by a World Series game between the Yankees and Mets in New York City," said Clif Freedman.