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Surprise Maps Out Economic Expansion

By Zach Colick for the Daily News-Sun

Defining and labeling different portions of Surprise may be difficult because the city has grown exponentially over the past decade, with more and more developments popping up all the time.

But “downtown” Surprise, located in the heart of the city, has taken shape and has been clearly defined by city leaders because of the important landmarks, attractions and residential areas that encompass it.

Among others, the Original Town Site, City Hall, Surprise Recreation Campus, Communiversity@Surprise and Northwest Regional Library are all located in downtown Surprise, or Village 1. The former Heard Museum and West Valley Art Museum also called Village 1 home at one point.

Mihelich, who oversees economic development, said the vast swath of empty land near City Hall could one day be filled with new businesses and residential development. Developers have not applied for city permits and no timelines are yet in place.

A new medical complex has sprouted near City Hall at Litchfield Road and Statler Plaza, while a commercial self-storage facility will soon open near Bell Road and Bullard Avenue.

Village 1 is also Surprise’s target area for attracting a four-year university.

Surprise officials hope to attract more business and employment opportunities in Village 1. Mihelich said roughly 70 percent of city residents travel out of Surprise every day for work.

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