By Parker Leavitt for The Arizona Republic
Wells Fargo is seeking city approval to expand its already-massive Chandler campus with new office towers that could reach 13 stories or about 200 feet, which would be the city’s tallest buildings standing today.
Eventually, the global financial giant could have more than 10,000 employees on its 68-acre complex at the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads, in the heart of Chandler’s Price Road Corridor, city Economic Development Director Micah Miranda said.
Wells Fargo opened the first two buildings at its Chandler campus in 2004. The company broke ground in 2013 on two new four-story buildings and is currently putting on the finishing touches.
Once those are complete, the complex will house about 5,100 workers and be the company’s largest campus in Arizona, spokeswoman Lori Brown said. Most of the jobs are in Wells Fargo’s consumer-lending business and corporate support, she said.
Taller buildings, denser campus
Preliminary renderings for the next phase of expansion show two nine-story towers and a five-story building for nearly 1MSF of additional office space.
But Wells Fargo is asking the city for a zoning change to allow for buildings up to 13 floors if the company decides to go bigger. The change would raise maximum building heights on the property from 65 feet to 200 feet.
Currently, Chandler’s tallest office buildings are the Boyer building downtown and the Park at SanTan at Ray Road and Loop 101. Both are five stories.
Data center scrapped
Wells Fargo also intends to nix initial plans for a 432KSF data center on the property and says it no longer needs 50KSF previously approved for retail development, according to city documents.
Chandler’s Planning Commission voted in favor of the Wells Fargo proposal at its Sept. 2 meeting, and the plans will go before the City Council this month.
Eventually, Wells Fargo could have more than 10,000 jobs at its Chandler complex, which was initially called the Ocotillo Corporate Center but is being rebranded as the Wells Fargo Center.
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