Peoria City Council approved Christopher Todd

Peoria City Council approved Christopher Todd Communities on 83rd, a gated rental community in Old Town. 

Thinking of starting a business?

Peoria Forward might be a good starting point.

The program is a partnership between Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department and the city of Peoria. The plan: “To grow and scale the entrepreneurial ecosystem to transform the future of Peoria through entrepreneurship.”

Peoria Forward aims to provide tools and support to leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in the West Valley.

The next event is cleverly titled “You Don’t Need Code or Money to Build an App.”

The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, will teach how to launch a mobile or web app “with little to no coding experience and for as little money as possible.”

Promineo Tech, an innovative provider of tech education, and ASU’s E  and I are backing the free class.

The app-building workshop will be at Sunrise Mountain Library, 21109 N. 98th Avenue.

To register, visit

After the skills-building session comes a more general “think tank” environment.

Peoria Forward Founder Mastermind will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Office Evolution Peoria, 8463 W Monroe Street.

This will be a “mastermind discussion” to support goals. 

Then comes a big, two-day Community Innovation Summit. The multi-school collaboration takes place Feb. 21-22.

Close on the summit’s heels is  the West Valley Innovation Spring Summit, Feb. 26.

Business Briefcase will have details on those as the events get closer. If you can’t wait, take a look at visit for details.

•At its last meeting two weeks ago, Peoria City Council approved Hancock Communities’ plans for Christopher Todd Communities on 83rd. 

The land at the northwest corner of 83rd and Olive avenues has been vacant for years. Hancock plans to build rentals to help address a shortage of rental units. (Rental prices have been increasing around the Valley for the last five years.)

Council approved the proposal for a gated, 189-unit (82 one-bedrooms and 107 two-bedrooms) rental community on 17 acres.

“Architecture theme for the community shall be a mix of ‘craftsman’ and ‘farmhouse’ or similar themes that reflect the agrarian history of Old Town Peoria,” the developer said in its rezoning pitch.

A letter mailed to nearby residents last spring noted, “Hancock Communities builds multi-family projects based on the concept of horizontal rental communities. While multi-family in nature, with multiple dwelling units on a single parcel, it functions more like a grouping of attached and detached single-family buildings. 

“Instead of building vertically with tall buildings containing a mass of residents, all buildings are single-story structures that look more like small cottages than apartment buildings.”

Each unit offers a small landscaped private backyard, similar to a single-family home.

However, with Christopher Todd Communities, these yards will be maintained by the property manager, not the individual resident.