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PHX Biomed. Campus Expansion Plan Released

The Arizona State University Biomedical Campus will expand soon, and early plans were unveiled Oct. 11. Credit: Nicole Neri/Downtown Devil

By Stephanie Morse for Downtown Devil

Early draft plans for the expansion of the Arizona State University Biomedical Campus were unveiled last week.

The goal of the expansion is to create a multidisciplinary medical innovation space that not only benefits university students and professors, but also community members.

To make sure the spaces are community focused, ASU representatives held a visioning event on June 20 and attended community meetings to gather ideas and find out what community members wanted to be a part of this new development.

Some of the most common responses were shade, bike lanes, public spaces with purpose, affordable housing and art.

Phase one includes a seven-story lab building, a parking garage with 600 spaces and a pocket park, all located between Fourth and Fifth streets near Garfield Street.

The draft plans for phase one also had several temporary land uses including an area planted future district trees, an event space with food truck parking and an urban farm. These features would later become medical buildings and parking as a part of future expansion phases.

Based on the agreement ASU has with the city, the first building and parking structure will be finished in 2019 and an additional 2KSF will be added every 30 months after that, according to Rick Naimark, associate VP for program development planning at ASU.

Read more at Downtown Devil.

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