As Mayor, nothing is more rewarding than being a part of decisions that deliver for my constituents on priorities they tell me are important for the community.
That’s exactly what happened when I joined my fellow Council members in approving the planned expansion of our local university, the library, and our 911 Call Center through the purchase of the Venida Business Park office complex on Van Buren Street west of City Hall.
Many of you were surveyed recently as part of our regular effort to understand resident concerns, priorities and goals. And your desires for building on the future were crystal clear.
When asked what new amenities the City should pursue, expanded education and library opportunities topped the list.
By taking the proactive step of investing in the Venida complex, we are meeting those priorities because we now will have the space to double the size of Franklin Pierce University and triple the size of our prized Maricopa County library branch.
Even more rewarding is the fact that we will save tax dollars and generate revenue for the City through the purchase of the five-building complex and the land needed to build the 911 center.
Our investment in the facility will save us money every year with a lower annual payment to the bank versus what we have been paying a landlord. It also allows the City to generate revenue from tenants, like the University and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. And it takes advantage of the current real estate market by locking in our payments for ten years, when we will pay off the complex and own it outright.
This deal saves tax dollars, generates revenue and expands important services, all great reasons that support the decision.
But for me the best argument for moving forward was made by the majority of residents who knew long before we contemplated buying this complex that Goodyear would be better if we could meet these priorities.
We heard you and soon we’ll all share in the positive results!