City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Feb. 16, 2010
Franklin Pierce University ends campus site lease in Goodyear
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Feb. 16, 2010) Franklin Pierce University officials have decided to return to the City of Goodyear a large parcel of land which was to be the site of a new campus. In 2008, the university signed a lease for 30 acres at Estrella Parkway and Yuma Road, the site of Goodyear's future City Center. The Franklin Pierce University board of directors met recently and unanimously voted to return the property to the City of Goodyear because they will have no need for the land in the near future.
Mayor James Cavanaugh and Dr. James Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University, noted that the nation's economy has created unforeseen challenges to the original plans to develop a City Center concept that included an academic facility.
"Franklin Pierce University's decision to terminate the Ground Lease is purely a business decision influenced by the deterioration of the economy. The university remains committed to a permanent campus in the West Valley and we anticipate growing our enrollment in the near future," said Birge.
"Franklin Pierce and the City of Goodyear both wish to continue a mutually beneficial relationship, regardless of the location of their campus and classes," said Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh.
Franklin Pierce currently offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Classes are held in the building adjacent to Goodyear City Hall, and offer educational and career opportunities in the West Valley for health care practitioners. Franklin Pierce plans to continue to offer courses at the current Goodyear location, 250 N. Litchfield Road and is planning and developing additional academic programs to be offered in the West Valley.