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Goodyear set to break ground on new city hall, civic square

 

PHOENIX — The city of Goodyear on Friday will break ground on a new civic square as part of a community centerpiece, bringing a handful of new amenities to the fast-growing West Valley city.

The $87 million Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ on the corner of McDowell Road and 150th Drive includes a new state-of-the-art city hall, a two-story library that is twice the size of the current one and a 2-acre community park for food trucks, parades, fairs, concerts and more.

An upscale Class A office space measuring 100,000 square feet in size, spots for new restaurants, retail and entertainment as well as an art sculpture is also part of the project that is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2022.

“This project has been a long time in the making and is one of the reasons I began my career on council years ago,” Mayor Georgia Lord said in a press release. “Our residents are what makes our city a close-knit community, and I look forward to celebrating holidays and special occasions in this new gathering space together.

“Goodyear Civic Square will certainly help shape the future of our community and it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible partnership with Globe Corporation.”

Globe Corporation owns 47 acres where the new civic square will be built, according to the release, and is donating six acres to the city as part of the public-private partnership.

The corporation will build the new city hall, library, park and office space.

“We are so excited to move forward in this partnership with the city of Goodyear,” George Getz, president of Globe Corporation, said in the release. “This project is coming to fruition at just the right time. Goodyear is ripe for a development of this magnitude. Through highly-coveted Class A office space, it will attract the kind of companies which will spur even more development in a highly desirable area.”

The city has aimed to create a project like the new civic space since 1984, according to the release, with several citizen committees created to provide input on what residents wanted to see in a city hall project.

Goodyear City Council approved the development agreement on the project in August 2019.

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