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ASU leases 15,000-square-feet in historic Phoenix building

PHOENIX — Arizona State University announced Tuesday it will be moving into an iconic building in downtown Phoenix.

The Westward Ho has hosted Presidents for dinner, been in films and its 280-foot antenna can be seen from much of the Valley, and now ASU says it will soon be the building’s newest tenant.

“Arizona State University is leasing 15,000-square-feet on the ground floor,” said Dr. Michael Shafer, a professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU.

The school will be using the space to open up a clinic that will be run by students and supervised by faculty.
“We are bringing together faculty from the School of Social Work, from Recreational Therapy, from Nutrition and from Nursing to create, what we call, an interpersonal clinic,” he said.

That clinic will provide help to the elderly and low-income residents of the building, Shafer said.

“Our students will learn good clinical practice skills and the tenants will receive much needed services,” he said.

Shafer said all the services provided at the clinic will be free of charge to residents and include assistance with things such as recreational activities and short-term counselling.

The clinic is expected to be operational inside the Westward Ho by the starts of the coming fall semester, according to Shafer.