ASU PLANS A SECOND RESEARCH PARK - TO BE BUILT IN MESA, AZ
Arizona State University (ASU) is hoping to duplicate the huge success of their ASU Tempe Research Park by building ASU Gateway Aerospace Park at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport located near the ASU Polytechnic Campus.
Before the second research park can be designed, funded and built, ASU is counting on the City of Mesa to make the necessary infrastructure improvements required by the Gateway Aerospace Park. This may be more problematic after the recent ballot initiative. ASU and City of Mesa officials were optimistic their partnership would be supported by the Mesa residents. But their optimism is not shared by Mesa voters who rejected the November 2016 ballot sales tax increase to build Arizona State University (ASU) Campus at the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa AZ.
The goal is to recreate the success of Scottsdale Airpark Corridor business development and generate job growth in the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport vicinity with a synergistic relationship between the ASU Polytechnic Campus, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, the proposed ASU Gateway Aerospace Park and the Elliot Road Technology Corridor anchored by the Apple Cloud Data Center scheduled to become operational in 2017.
Formulating this grand plan is challenging and unplanned events arise. Case in point, the Apple 1.2 Million Sq. Ft. building at Elliott Road and Signal Butte was to be the home of the GTAT sapphire production facility for Apple products. When the sapphire glass produced at the facility failed to meet Apple standards, Apple/GTAT relationship ended and a plan to re-purpose the building as the Apple iCloud Data Command Center was born. Unfortunately, a roof fire May of 2016 at the Apple facility, caused by a defective solar panel, resulted in extensive fire and water damage that has delayed implementation of the new Data Center. Fortunately, the latest setback has not deterred Apple and new job postings are appearing online as late as today 11/18/2016.
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