By Roland Murphy | AZBEX
Fresh on the heels of the August Leading Market Series event on Advanced Manufacturing, BEX Research staff has uncovered plans for a new 1.3MSF data center as part of the Hermosa Ranch Technology Park Master Plan.
The 308.9-acre master plan site, located south of the SWC of Avondale Blvd. and Lower Buckeye Road, is currently going through review for a Planned Area Development rezoning and General Plan Amendment. According to the submitted narrative for Hermosa Ranch Technology Campus – South, where the data center will be located, “The Property is currently zoned PAD as part of the approximately 245-acre Diamond P Ranch (Case No. Z-07-4). The Hermosa Ranch Technology Campus – South PAD will replace the existing PAD zoning on the southern seventy-eight (78) acres of the undeveloped Diamond P Ranch and provide employment opportunities in a planned employment corridor.”
The Avondale Planning Commission recommended against an earlier request last November due to concerns about impacts to the surrounding residential areas and the potential for putting too much strain on area water supplies. Project representatives at the time noted the project’s potential for a net zero level of water use due to a closed loop water system.