Phoenix LXXII: Send in the Clowns
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03-05-2013, 01:18 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2002
Arizona State University’s 330-acre Athletics Facilities District could take 20 years or more to build, but former U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell emphasized this week that Tempe must plan now for the immense infrastructure needed to support the massive development.
Nielsen said ASU’s vision includes building arts-and-culture facilities, amateur-athletic facilities and commercial-office space. The university’s plans center on developing enough fee-generating office, retail and residential space to pay for the renovation of Sun Devil Stadium and for other new state-of-the art sports facilities.
The development is decades from completion, Nielsen said, “but under Dr. Crow, he wants it all done immediately.”
The university’s goal is to “use our (public) facilities as an economic driver.”
Nielsen has said that ASU expects to select a developer for the master plan by the end of this month.
ASU moving the chains slowly but surely on the redevelopment project. I can't really think of a parallel situation. Has any other university ever held so much prime land under control and been able to get revenue from it (CFD style) before? Crow wants that $$$ to renovate the football stadium to help the program get to Big 10/SEC status. They also need to replace the basketball stadium to do the same for the basketball team. So there's an opportunity there to put a nice arena in what is basically South Scottsdale. If such an arena is ever announced, the clock starts ticking on the Coyotes and the Suns. Powerhouse location. If you put it where Packard is/was, it's within walking distance of campus and a light rail station. Crow has said he wants the major facilities done no later than 2020.
It would be nice to escape the great Glendale dumpster fire.
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