ASU Expands Biomedical Presence In Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix will soon get a new health complex.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a lease amendment with Arizona State University and its partner NantWorks to develop four blocks of city-owned property north of Fillmore Street. The complex would be an expansion of the existing biomedical campus, which the city estimates is providing a $1.3 billion economic impact to the community.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he expects this addition will spur future science and tech development in downtown.
“It brings in and moves us toward a cluster and that is something we have been trying to do for so many years here," said DiCiccio. "This will create an anchor with the other great hospitals and all the other great research we are already doing and other biomedical types of research will occur here.”
Once completed, the campus will have labs, manufacturing and diagnostic facilities, a mission control center and room for academic research. ASU and its partner said it plans to make the campus walkable and reflect the look and feel of the existing neighborhood.