Chandler Edition - September 2021

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RECENT PROJECTS

Fourteen projects are underway, complete or recently approved in the Airpark Area, according to a rough draft of the master plan update.

Square footage

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Watermark at Chandler Park

220,000 400,000 180,000 92,000 210,000 224,471 234,390 1,219,364 362,880 201,152 251,066 113,000 unknown

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Ascend at Chandler Airport Center

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Chandler Airport Center Allred Airport Center II

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Mach One

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INDUSTRIAL Parc Germann

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AZ 202 Commerce Park

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Chandler Airport Commerce Center

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Ferguson Enterprises RMB Business Park

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AIRPARKAREANOW

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The Airpark Area has the most opportunity for growth of any other employment corridor in Chandler, according to city ocials. The area is currently the fourth- largest employment corridor.

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SOLLiD Cabinetry

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800 E. Germann Industrial Falcon Storage Condos COMMERCIAL Arches Climbing & Fitness

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320 businesses

10,000 jobs

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36,000

Harris said building out the area around the airport is important to the viability of future employment and growth in the city. “I think it’s going to send life that way and excitement that way, and also it’s an economic driver, so it’s going to boost everything around it,” Harris said Aug. 9 during a council work session. City Council echoed his sentiment in its discussion Aug. 9. “I’m just really excited to see the future of this area,” Vice Mayor Mark Stewart said. “I really think it’s going to be great.” According to a draft of the master plan update, the number of jobs in the area is expected to more than double by 2055. Newdevelopments Chandler Planning Administrator Kevin Mayo said the Airpark Area was “slow to start” in terms of new devel- opments compared to the city’s other employment areas. “Two things aected its progress in the last 20 years,” Mayo said. “Before Loop 202 was expanded, it was only accessible by county arterial roads, and so with the arrival of Loop 202 in the rst part of the decade, growth started. If everything was normal, you would have seen that area a lot further along. But very shortly after that, the Great Recession happened. It took four or ve years for that segment of the market to rebound, and it’s only been in the last three or four years, before the coronavirus, that growth

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Around 900,000 square feet of industrial development was com- pleted in 2020, according to a rough draft of the Airpark Area plan update. More than 2.5 million square feet for oce, industrial and commercial projects have been recently approved in the area, according to the plan. “Currently, there’s quite a bit of development in the employment cor- ridor, and part of that Airpark Area plan, at least from an economic devel- opment perspective, clearly articu- lates the types of employment we are looking to have within that employ- ment corridor,” Miranda said. Planning for the future The area plan update rough draft discussed by City Council in August suggests a majority of the avail- able land in the Airpark Area is pre- served for high-wage, high-intensity jobs. The plan also sets forth design guidelines—including guidelines for “Google campus”-type oce devel- opments that oer amenities such as restaurants or coee shops and walk- ing paths to employees. Harris said these new areas of inno- vation are important to the growth of the airpark employment corridor. “With the city of Chandler approaching [build-out] and less than 10% of available land left, it is important to maximize and capitalize

on these resources,” Harris said. “In Chandler we have a saying: ‘Employ- ment drives growth.’ The Airpark Area plan update creates a new land-use category, innovation, which encour- ages collaborative employment cam- puses that will provide the home for the employment of tomorrow.” And while the Airpark Area plan deals with the land surrounding the Chandler Municipal Airport, it does suggest the construction of one or more hotels in the area might bolster the employment use of the general aviation airport. Currently, there are no hotels in the area. The airport master plan was updated in April and called for a potential expansion of the south run- way by 680 feet from 4,870 feet to 5,550 feet. This improvement would allow the same size and type of air- craft currently using the airport in cooler months to use the airport year- round, according to the master plan. Miranda said because Price Corri- dor—the city’s largest economic cor- ridor anchored by Intel—is so close to build-out, the Airpark Area has become a “de facto Price Corridor,” attracting similar high-wage, high- skill jobs and developments. Miranda said the key for the city is to be selec- tive in the kinds of projects that get approved in the area as land becomes limited.

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and rened” vision for the Airpark Area employment corridor as the city continues to near build-out—less than 10% of Chandler’s overall vacant land remains. “[We need a] development com- munity that embraces that vision and can adjust and respond to the chang- ing dynamics of employment in the future,” Harris said. “High-tech, inno- vative technologies and aeronautical industry-related users will represent the focus of that growth.” The Chandler Airpark Area encom- passes 9 square miles surrounding the Chandler Municipal Airport. It includes land beyond the gates of the airport, but not the airport itself. “It’s the nal frontier; it has the largest uncommitted and vacant land for future employment devel- opment,” Chandler Economic Devel- opment Director Micah Miranda said. “As Price Corridor lls up and builds out, which it has almost done, the Air- park Area will be the largest landmass available for employment.” The Airpark Area is the city’s fourth-largest employment corridor with more than 10,000 jobs and 320 businesses as of 2019, the latest data available, according to Miranda. More development in the area is on the horizon, Miranda said.

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