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Four Native Nations with Major Building Plans

By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Across Arizona, tribal governments are moving forward with development plans for their sovereign nations. The Hopi, Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Gila River Indian Community and Hualapai are all reporting development plans moving nearing completion and moving towards construction.

Gila River Indian Community

In Pinal County, GRIC is partnering with Quail Run, a manufacturer of cold-formed steel building products, to build and operate a manufacturing facility in the Ak-Chin industrial park south of the Harrah’s casino adjoining Chandler. The plant is under construction and expects to open in the spring.

The new tribal administration building, a ground-up residential community and K-12 school are among the projects identified for development by the Gila River tribe. GRIC is completing master plans for Maricopa and Ak-Chin communities establishing circulation patterns, siting land development opportunities and identifying long-term development needs complementing demands generated by adjoining cities in Maricopa and Pinal counties.

Ak-Chin Master Plan

Ak-Chin Planning Director, Jerry Owens, discusses the proposed Community Master Plan during the Community Meeting. Photo Credit: R. Miguel / Ak-Chin O’odham Runner

Plans are moving forward for design and construction of the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Interpretive Center and Gift Shop in 2014. The satellite museum is planned for construction on Ak-Chin Circle, close to S.R. 347. The building—size undisclosed—will include the museum, visitor center, outdoor exhibit space, gift shop and GRIC art gallery.

Hualapai Tribe Pushes for Peach Springs Construction

Four projects worth nearly $5M are on the boards for the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs.

Architectural concept plans have been completed, but no GC selected, for a $1.1M remodel of the 20-bed women’s detention center. The tribe is awaiting a grant award from the Department of Justice before proceeding with construction. If the grant is authorized this fall, construction will begin late this year or early in 2014.

Bids are under review for a $550K remodel of the former Indian Health Services building into a transitional living center for the tribe’s correctional department.

At the same time, Indian Health Service and Mohave County building departments are reviewing plans for a $1.1M, 4.6KSF elder group home planned for a parcel adjoining the playground at Juniper and Oak streets. Groundbreaking is set for later this month and a summer 2014 completion date is targeted.

Hulaupai Elder Group Home

Architects rendering of the main entrance on the east side of the Hualapai Elder Group Home

The tribe’s $1.3M, 4.6KSF day center is set for an October 30 groundbreaking. The new facility on Hualapai Way, west of the Training Center, is slated for a July 2014 completion.

A $1.8M upgrade to the tribe’s youth camp is slated to start early next year. The design is underway and the tribe plans a bunk house, new kitchen, RV park and infrastructure at the facility.

The tribe is also putting $1M in federal energy grants into studies of solar and wind energy options on its lands between Kingman and Flagstaff.

New Courthouse for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Leased, private development has been active in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community—particularly in the Talking Stick Resort area (AZBEX, August 10, 2012)—and now the tribe is upgrading some of its administrative buildings.

The tribe is in schematic design for a new 90KSF courthouse on the community’s government complex. The tribe plans to move into the design phase within a matter of weeks and break ground for the courthouse next spring. The 18-month construction period will target a late summer-early fall 2015 opening for the facility. A central plant expansion is timed to coincide with the new courthouse construction.

Hopi Tribe Master Planned Community Update

The 460-plus acre Tawa’ovi community has just completed public review of the draft programmatic environmental assessment. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will now complete the final PEA, which opens the door for project development. The Hopi plan to construct a new-town style community (AZBEX, October 23) on 157 acres of the master planned development. The tribe hopes to develop the project in a joint venture. The site’s location on Hopi partition land outside Village jurisdiction is likely to lead to an expedited development process.