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Del Rio Redevelopment – Arizona Fresh: Agri-food Innovation Center


​​​​​After a public offering process, the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department is recommending Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC for the redevelopment of the Del Rio former landfill site.

Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC offer is to develop “Arizona Fresh: Agri-Food Innovation Center". A multi-phase project to ultimately create the nation's leading source of innovation and education in the production and distribution of food.

The main elements of the project are a wholesale produce distribution center, a retail food market, a community park, education, and research facilities related to food and agriculture.​​

The Arizona Fresh: Agri-Food Innovation Center is expected to create more than 1,400 direct and indirect construction jobs, 1,500 jobs once in full operation, a capital investment of $200 million, and $848 million annual economic output related to project operations, based on the current plans for four phases of development of the project.​

AZ Fresh Rendering​Caption:  AZ Fresh Rendering​​

Caption:  Site Plan​Caption:  Site Plan

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Frequently asked questions

Q. Will any recreational components/park be included?  What type of amenities?

The plan for Phase I of the project calls for the development of approximately 20 acres of recreational amenities that will include public space for athletic fields and open space dedicated to community gatherings and events.

Q. If approved, when will construction start and when will it be operational?

If approved by City Council, the estimated date to start construction in Spring 2021.  Estimated to be operational within 42 months from the construction start date.

Q. Are there any environmental risks associated with the current conditions of the site, considering that this is a former landfill?

Risks of development of the former landfill site will be minimized and controlled through extensive environmental studies of the site conducted by the developer subject to receiving approvals of development plans from all required agencies, including the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The City will continue to be responsible for operating, monitoring, and maintaining the Landfill's existing methane gas systems and groundwater wells and shall continue to be responsible for all liabilities relating to the City's operation and closure on the Landfill.

Q. Will the City spend any money on this project?

Developer (offeror) is responsible for all cost(s) associated to determine site feasibility and construction. City Council may consider possible participation through public infrastructure (water, sewer and street improvements) to support the project.

Q. What are the project direct benefits to the community?

Jobs: An Elliott D. Pollack & Company study estimates that over 1,500 jobs will be created by the proposed Phase I development.

Access to fresh produce: The Wholesale Market and related retail outlets will directly provide local access to fresh produce on a daily basis.

Education resources: Facilities dedicated to the delivery of educational programs, collaboration with academic partners, and innovative activities of the food distribution system on-site will provide special education options for engagement with the community that will feature sustainability, data analytics, nutrition and food safety among other technology-driven topics.

Entertainment: Resources are planned for the site that will be available for hosting a variety of community inspired events with support from the City.

Recreation amenities: Over 20 acres of athletic fields and connected open space for gathering places will provide opportunities for pedestrian-friendly exposure to the entire site and venues for a variety of sporting events.

Q. When was this lease and redevelopment opportunity issued?

The Del Rio Lease/Redevelopment Opportunity was issued on January 13, 2020.​​

​​Public Outreach​​

City of Phoenix Staff will be conducting the following meetings to provide information about the project and receive public input:

City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department: Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 2:00 pm MST
For further information, including how to participate in this meeting, please contact:
Chey Lewis
(602) 534-7143

Salt River Project Working Group: Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 8:30 am MST

South Mountain Village Planning Committee: Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MST
City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department: Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MST
For further information, including how to participate in this meeting, please contact:
Chey Lewis
(602) 534-7143

City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MST in Spanish*
For further information, including how to participate in this meeting, please contact:
Chey Lewis
(602) 534-7143

South Central TOD Steering Committee: Thursday, August 20th, 2020 at 6:00 pm MST

Parks and Recreation Board: Thursday, August 27th, 2020 at 5:00 pm MST

​​​For more information, please contact:

Chey Lewis
(602) 534-7143



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