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New 400KSF Business Park, Amtrak Station and County Yard Planned in Maricopa

By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

AZBEX ExclusiveIt’s early in the process, but mark your calendars for major economic activity in Maricopa. The city is spearheading two projects and partnered with the Boyer Company on a third.

When the dust settles, Maricopa will have a 400KSF business park, city maintenance yard and Amtrak passenger station on the 52-acre Estrella Gin site, Garvey Road west of State Route 347.

Amtrak Passenger Station

A restored Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad dome car, The Silver Horizon (car #375), served as the Maricopa Amtrak station office until 2005, but proved unsuitable. It has since been replaced by the former Tucson, Arizona station building, a double-wide modular trailer coach train. Among other projects, the city is in the planning stages to build a new Amtrak passenger station on the 52-acre Estrella Gin site, Garvey Road west of State Route 347. Photo credit: wikipedia.com

A restored Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad dome car, The Silver Horizon (car #375), served as the Maricopa Amtrak station office until 2005, but proved unsuitable. It has since been replaced by the former Tucson, Arizona station building, a double-wide modular trailer coach train. Among other projects, the city is in the planning stages to build a new Amtrak passenger station on the 52-acre Estrella Gin site, Garvey Road west of State Route 347. Photo credit: wikipedia.com

Passenger train stations are not normally seen in the “new project” category. Maricopa is in early siting and civil engineering stages of relocating the passenger platform and shelter to the Estrella Gin property and a newly designed “traditional” train station. Railpros Inc. is handing the site and civil design on that project.

Once the siting work has been reviewed by Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak, the city will move forward with solicitations for design and construction.

The station relocation is driven by Arizona Department of Transportation’s approval of the State Route 347 overpass in downtown Maricopa. The existing Amtrak station is potentially located under the overpass.

“Maricopa is the Amtrak station for greater Phoenix,” says Maricopa Economic Development Director Micah Miranda. “Right now, we have a platform and sun shelter. The site is in our heritage district and we’re hoping to see a traditionally-designed train station.”

The last new train station to be built in Arizona was Mesa’s Santa Fe depot in 1925.

Estrella Gin Boyer-Maricopa Business Park

Boyer Company is partnering with the city to develop a business park with three building types. The 16-building campus will feature four flex buildings, eight office buildings and four warehouse/distribution centers.

The 128KSF in flex buildings will be around 32KSF each. The office buildings will total 150KSF, but building size will vary with tenant needs. The 144KSF in warehouses will be around 26KSF each.

SmithGroupJJR has design responsibilities and is preparing the master plan. Boyer submitted the plan to the city for review and will finalize the campus design after any requested revisions are Okayed.

No general contractor has been selected. Plans are to jointly market the business park with the city and start building once leasing thresholds are achieved.

City Fleet Maintenance and Fire Administration Facility

Okland Construction and Gensler have the design-build contract to develop the city’s Public Works maintenance and Fire Administration Facility on seven acres of the Estrella Gin site. The project has an estimated value of $3.2M.

The facility is in final design with the city as last-minute details are being ironed out.