By Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic
Mesa will spend up to $2 million to renovate Benedictine University’s downtown campus and facilitate the school’s new partnership with Co+Hoots, a private co-working business.
An agreement unanimously approved by the City Council on Monday commits Mesa — the landlord of Benedictine’s 225 E. Main Street building — to design and build out 10,000 square feet for Benedictine to provide “rent-free” to Co+Hoots.
Jeff McVay, Mesa’s manager of downtown transformation, told The Arizona Republic that the city’s agreement is specifically with Benedictine, not with Co+Hoots. As a by-product of that agreement, though, the Phoenix-based co-working company will have a building in downtown Mesa for its commercial co-working space and to partner with the university, he said.