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NAU Leads Growth in Flagstaff Area for 2014

NAU hopes to complete construction of a new athletics center in January 2016 to replace the Wall Aquatics Center (pictured). Photo credit:

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa for Arizona Daily Sun

The City of Flagstaff and Coconino County saw their fair share of growth in 2014.

Residential construction was down from the year before, but business construction was up and NAU construction boomed.

Aspen Heights, a 714-bed student housing development, was slated to move in near the intersection of Woody Mountain Road and Route 66 but withdrew zoning application at the beginning of December.

The city is also making plans to move its public works yard to the McAllister Ranch property on Route 66. It took several months for Flagstaff City Council to find the perfect location, not too far from the city center but not too close to interfere with residential traffic.

The city also saw several new businesses move in or existing ones relocated.

Building Permits

In 2014 permits for single-family homes in the city were lower than the number of permits issued in 2013 in January, March, April, May, August, September and October. Permits for multi-family homes such as duplexes were down compared to last year in April, May, June and November.

However, non-residential construction, such as new businesses and office space was up compared to last year in January, February, March, April, May, June, October and November.

NAU Growth

Northern Arizona University also added to the city’s construction boom with a handful of new buildings.

The first was a new five-story, 120KSF Science and Health Building on the North Campus to replace the old Chemistry Building on South Beaver Street. The $53.8M project was funded through bonds and will have six new teaching labs and 18 research labs. Construction started in June 2013 and it’s supposed to be completed by the fall of 2015.

In June, the university started construction on a new athletics and recreation center on North Campus to replace the old Wall Aquatic Center. The new center will be two stories and 120KSF. The university hopes to have the indoor facilities open in January 2016. The outdoor facilities will take another seven months to finish.

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