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10 Projects, 900 Jobs Coming to West Valley

SanMar, a distribution warehouse for imported sports clothing in Avondale, will become the city’s first 1MSF facility. Credit: The City of Avondale.

By Laura Gomez for The Arizona Republic

West Valley mayors recently wrapped up the season for State of the City speeches. It was a time for city leaders to rave about their communities, share their visions for the future and, typical of the fast-growing West Valley, highlight major developments that will bring jobs and investment to the region.

2 companies adding 150 jobs in Avondale

SanMar, a distribution warehouse for imported sports clothing that has been in Avondale since 2014, is expanding its building by 400KSF to become the city’s first 1MSF facility.

The new building at 127th Avenue and Van Buren Street is expected to open in May, adding another 40 jobs to SanMar’s current 115 employees in Avondale, said Jeffrey Fairman, the city’s employment and business development specialist.

Across the street from SanMar, Vitamin Shoppe will move into a new 187KSF building by the end of June.

Glass manufacturer comes to Buckeye

A glass manufacturer will open just north of Buckeyes historic downtown in May, bringing 100 jobs to the city. The Cardinal IG Company fabricates high-quality, energy-efficient insulating glass for residential window and door companies.

The company occupies 250KSF on a 66-acre parcel at Maricopa and Apache roads. The company plans to add another 700KSF to the facility over the next five years, according to the city.

On an educational front, the Western Maricopa Education Center, or West-MEC technical-education district, opened its Buckeye campus with three buildings in August 2016 and will expand this year, Superintendent Gregory Donovan said.

Donovan said the district plans a $16.8M project to add another six buildings in Buckeye, and construction of the first three buildings is expected to begin this fall.

Surprise aims to become ‘college town’

Mayor Sharon Wolcott said Surprise will soon be a “college town” as she announced a deal with Ottawa University to develop a 35-acre campus next to the city’s civic center.

The Surprise campus is expected to eventually include dormitories, an indoor activity center, dining options, conference space and athletic fields, including a stadium, for 19 varsity sports.

Glendale’s Conair adds 300 jobs

Crews continue to construct Conair Corporation‘s huge new building on Glendale Avenue, just north of the Glendale Municipal Airport. The company will open the new distribution center this summer.

The facility will create about 300 jobs by 2020 and serve as a distribution hub for the company’s hair dryers, brushes, Scünci hair accessories and some kitchen appliances.

The new facility adds about 1M additional square feet and will make the corporate campus the second largest in the Valley, behind Intel in Chandler.

Peoria lures innovation

Peoria is in full promotional mode over a public-private partnership it hopes will be the Peoria Innovation Campus.

Located in the P83 entertainment district near the Peoria Sports Complex, this hub for technology and innovation will have 275KSF feet in Class-A office buildings, a hotel, 25KSF of retail and restaurant space and a parking garage with 3,150 spaces, according to the city.

In July 2016, the Peoria City Council approved a partnership with developer Plaza Del Rio Management Corporation to create a 17-acre innovation campus.

No construction has started and no tenants have been recruited for the space, but the city has completed the design of the site and is in the process of finalizing negotiations on a ground lease and development agreement. It is also marketing the project to the tech and innovation sector.

Read more at The Arizona Republic.

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