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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.​​

​​​For more information, please contact:


Juan Batres, Program Manager​

Project Timeline, Chronological Events, and Updates

January 13th, 2020
City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department issues Del Rio Redevelopment and Lease Opportunity.

March 19th, 2020
City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department notifies Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC (developer), about City of Phoenix's interest to proceed with further due diligence and exploring the possibility to redevelop Del Rio.

June 10th, 2020
City of Phoenix Council grants Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC license to site to conduct geotechnical and environmental studies at Del Rio.

July 10th, 2020
City of Phoenix Council authorizes the Community and Economic Development Department to execute a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC.

Community outreach meetings:

  • August 6th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting organized by City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department.
  • August 7th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting hosted by Del Rio Working Group.
  • August 11th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting hosted by Salt River Project Working Group.
  • August 11th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting hosted by South Mountain Village Planning Committee.
  • August 12th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting organized by City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department.
  • August 18th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting organized by City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department in Spanish.
  • August 20th, 2020 – Virtual community meeting hosted by South Central TOD Steering Committee.
  • August 27th, 2020 – Virtual meeting and presentation to Parks and Recreation Board.

September 16th, 2020
Community and Economic Development Department presentation to Phoenix City Council Land Use and Livability Subcommittee.

September 23rd, 2020
Community and Economic Development Department presentation to Phoenix City Council Workforce and Economic Development Subcommittee.

October 7th, 2020
City of Phoenix Council authorizes the Community and Economic Development Department to proceed with negotiations with Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC., by drafting a Disposition and Redevelopment Agreement as well as a Lease Agreement.

October 2020 – August 2021 (Currently)

  • ​City of Phoenix and Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC. drafting and reviewing Ground Lease Agreements as well as Disposition and Redevelopment Agreement.

  • ​​City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department preparing to solicit community feedback for community park elements in September 2021.​​

  • Developer to complete additional environmental studies as required.

  • Arizona Fresh Holdings LLC to proceed with conceptual site plan pre-application meetings through City of Phoenix Planning and Development Department.



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