By Wayne Schutsky for East Valley Tribune
While all eyes are on the high-profile SkyBridge development at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Mesa’s smaller airpark is making headway on a business park project of its own.
Mesa officials expect to put out an RFP by the end of November to officially kick off the search for a developer for Falcon Tech Center, a proposed biomedical campus that would be home to medical, biomedical and medical device companies at Falcon Field.
Falcon Tech Center will sit on about 70 acres of Falcon Field property west of Greenfield Road that is currently home to a citrus grove. The primary uses for the proposed project would be light manufacturing, research and development, laboratories and administrative facilities.
If all goes according to plan, Lori Gary, senior project manager for Mesa’s Office of Economic Development, anticipates design work will begin in summer or fall of 2018, with groundbreaking in late 2018 or early 2019.
Mesa conducted two studies in 2012 that identified the medical device sector as an industry with growth potential and made that the focal point of the proposed Falcon Tech Center. Mesa is currently home to over 25 medical device companies.
Since 2003, employment in the life science industry in Arizona has increased 45 percent compared to 12 percent nationwide.
Based on industry feedback, the city plans to create a campus-like setting that will provide space for growth for Mesa’s existing medical device companies, which are outgrowing current facilities.
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