Strategic inﬁll and redevelopment include the use of creative regulatory tools and marketing eﬀorts to ensure Chandler remains a world-class community for residents, visitors and businesses. These approaches will maintain the viability of existing developments and plan for the use of remaining unbuilt properties.
Ordinances for infill and redevelopment were adopted as a result of discussions during a joint meeting between the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission. A historic preservation ordinance adopted this year enabled property owners to establish historic preservation districts on private property and neighborhoods to protect historically significant parts of the City from redevelopment.
The success of business retention, expansion and attraction programs in 2020 is anticipated to create $437 million in capital investments and 2,550 jobs over the next three years. Developments supporting continued job growth in Chandler delivered 891,394 square feet of office, industrial and flex space in 2020, with an additional 750,000 square feet under construction.
The City of Chandler announced that Clarivate Analytics plc, a global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics to accelerate the pace of innovation, has signed a 30,000 square foot lease at Chandler Viridian, located in the Price Corridor Employment Center at 3133 W. Frye Road. Clarivate expects to employ approximately 150 people at this Class A office building.
Compound Photonics US Corporation (CP, also known as CP Display), a leader in compact high-performance microdisplay solutions for Augmented and Mixed Reality (AR/MR), announced its opening of MiAC (MicroLED Innovation Acceleration Center) in Chandler, Arizona. It will be the first industry known fab in the world dedicated to accelerating the time-to-market of sub 5 µm pixel monolithically integrated microLED displays to meet the rising demand for mass-market AR/MR and smart wearable devices.
Comtech EF Data Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (a publicly-traded company under the symbol “CMTL”) has signed a 15-year lease to occupy the entire 146,000 square feet at 305 N. 54th St.
The company will be consolidating between 300 to 400 employees from four buildings currently in Tempe, Arizona, into a single building that can facilitate all operations and provide for future expansion.
CVS Health announced a new 101,000 square foot office in Chandler. Located at 1255 S. Spectrum Blvd. in the Allred Park Place development, CVS Health will employ approximately 500 workers. Job opportunities include health care advocates, care management nurses, social workers, registered dieticians, behavioral health specialists, and medical directors. Most of these jobs will be new to the region.
The completion of Intel's $7 billion Fab 42 project, the world’s most advanced semiconductor factory, is anticipated to create 3,000 direct jobs and another 10,000 indirect jobs throughout the region.
Local Motors signed a 10,000-square-foot lease at Chandler Tech Center, which is located at 7400 W. Detroit St. This new headquarters location will have 80 percent of the building dedicated to office space with the remaining 20 percent reserved for research and development.
Local Motors is developing the Olli, a 3D printed, autonomous, electric shuttle. The vehicle has been deployed at locations around the globe, including hospitals, campuses, bases, and universities.
The opening of NXP's new $100 million, 150 mm (6-inch) RF Gallium Nitride (GaN) manufacturing facility is the most advanced fab dedicated to 5G radio frequency power amplifiers in the United States. This new fab positions NXP and Chandler as a leader in advanced cellular communication.
UA: College of Law
The City of Chandler Economic Development Division and the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law announced the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program offering flexible online coursework and the option to meet in-person weekly in Chandler.
UA: Eller College of Management
The City of Chandler Economic Development Department, in partnership with University of Arizona Eller College of Management announced the new Professional MBA program blending online learning with bi-weekly practicums in Chandler.
VB Cosmetics Inc. signed a 40,000 square-foot lease to expand and relocate their corporate headquarters, R&D and manufacturing operations in Chandler. The company will be moving into the Lotus Project, one of Chandler’s premier industrial developments, located near Kyrene Road and the Loop 202.
Office, Industrial and Medical Center Development
In the wake of the changing office landscape of office space, the Douglas Allred Company broke ground on two additional office buildings at their Allred Park Place Development on the Price Corridor. Both of these three-story buildings will be 150,000 square feet and located at Price and Willis roads. These buildings will have the capacity to bring approximately 1,800 jobs to Chandler.
Additional office and industrial developments that opened in 2020 included Van Trust’s One Chandler Corporate Center (117,000 SF) in west Chandler, Jackson Shaw’s Parc Germann Buildings A and B (224,471 SF) at Chandler Airpark and ViaWest Properties’ Arizona 202 Commerce Park (140,372 SF) near Arizona Avenue and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
Banner Health‘s newest hospital, Banner Ocotillo Medical Center, opened in November. The four-story, 240,000-square-foot hospital located at Alma School Road and Loop 202 anticipates handling about 21,000 emergency visits per year to start.
Expanded Development Services
The ability to submit engineering plans online for review, approval and signature was expanded to include all projects, eliminating the need for paper copies. A text message service provided contractors and homeowners a convenient option to schedule inspections and receive inspection results through their smartphones. Learn more about our text to schedule service.
Development by the Numbers
In 2020, our Development Services Department issued 4,228 building permits with a combined value of $1,138,620,844 – that’s more than $1.1 billion – a 72% increase over 2019. Some of the largest projects permitted this year include office and industrial development, a new high school for Chandler Unified School District, hospital expansion and residential development for multi-family and single-family homes. Additional permits and inspections included:
The opening of New Square by Spike Lawrence Ventures and HCW in the summer represented a major step forward for Downtown Chandler. Phase one featured 60,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space, the 110-room Hilton Garden Inn and a community activity space with a stage.
Alexander and Johnathan
The modernization of two buildings by George Oliver Companies into Class A creative office space known as the Alexander and Johnathan in Downtown Chandler offered space for companies seeking an environment full of amenities. The building names recognize Chandler’s founder Dr. Alexander Johnathan Chandler.
The first phase of DC Heights, a 157-unit multifamily development at California & Boston streets, began construction in the fall to create additional residential space in the heart of Downtown Chandler. A 9,000-square-foot retail and restaurant development at Arizona Avenue and Frye Road broke ground in the winter of 2020.