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Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport gets FAA clearance for 700 acres of development

The proposed development area is shown. (Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Photo)

PHOENIX — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was officially given a thumbs-up this week to use 700 acres near the facility for future development.

In a press release, officials said the Federal Aviation Administration approved the development area late last month.

“Unlocking the northeast side of the airport for development is great news for Gateway Airport and the East Valley,” Mesa Mayor John Giles, current Chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Board, said in the release.

“The opportunity for high-wage job creation in this area will benefit the entire region and strengthens the airport’s role as an economic driver.”

The approved development area stretches between Ray and Ellsworth roads and the newer State Route 24.

It was unclear what developments would open in the newly cleared area.

“We look forward to engaging both public and private sectors to transform this incredible asset,” J. Brian O’Neill, the executive director and CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, said in the release.

More than 50 companies that employ about 2,500 people are located on the airport’s grounds.

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