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APRIL Friday Morning Breakfast

Posted By Heather Garbarino, Monday, May 13, 2019

Under The Sun

Learn what’s next for Desert Ridge


Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego, opened April’s Friday Morning Breakfast by expressing her wishes and sharing her plans for Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs. With an emphasis on planning and preparing for water-related issues, and a desire to infuse the city with more transportation options, jobs, and healthcare options, Mayor Gallego’s plan for the city — simply stated — is one that is forward-looking and future-focused.

“We want to create great places for families in every corner of our community”


Her simple statement perfectly led into the panel discussion about the progress and the projections for Desert Ridge — a location that will soon become a great place for not only families but businesses and students as well.


April’s panel was comprised of Desert Ridge experts who are actively involved in the planning and development of this blossoming community. Moderated by Christine Mackay, Community and Economic Development Director with the city of Phoenix, the panel discussed in detail some of the exciting plans in the works for Desert Ridge.


Panelists included: Rick Carpenelli — Vice President Acquisition Development at Crown Realty

& Development, Rick Hearn — Vice President of Leasing at Vestar, Rick Naimark — Vice President for Program Development Planning at Arizona State University, and David Schwartz — Business Development and Site Planning Administrator for Mayo Clinic of Arizona.


A medical center partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic, the update of Desert Ridge Market Place, and Crown Development's plans as master developer for 5,700 acres at Desert Ridge were all topics of discussion. The growth and further development of Desert Ridge comes with the promise of more than just new buildings and infrastructures. Carpenelli stated that as the Master Developers they envision this city as a “job generating,” area with, “commercial office and health care spaces”.


Though the original plans for Desert Ridge were crafted in the early 90s, the Desert Ridge of today will pay homage to those plans, but bring them past the present day and straight into the future of community development. Carpenelli and his team foresee Desert ridge as “a city of the future,” and with property that is shovel ready and the ability to bring 5G to the area — the future is closer than we think.


In addition to the forward-thinking plans taking place in Desert Ridge, the community can expect to see a revitalization of the Desert Ridge Market Place. In hopes of marrying working spaces, living areas, entertainment, shopping, and transportation, the plans for Desert Ridge are mindful of working singles, families, businesses, and the needs and wants of the millennial workforce. “Workforce is key in everything we do,” stated Hearn, and that emphasis is at the epicenter of the Desert Ridge plans.


Also shaping the future of Desert Ridge is a medical center partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic. ASU and the Mayo Clinic have a long-standing, reputable relationship and with the construction of a new medical center in Desert Ridge, that relationship continues to grow and strengthen the medical community.


Naimark relayed that for this partnership, research dollars are growing. Bringing this medical center partnership to fruition has been nothing short of “a herculean task,” but Naimark and Schwartz are excited by the “opportunity to design the healthcare of the future.” The ASU, Mayo Clinic partnership is predicted to be a pillar of the community and a great benefit to the medical world.


Carpinelli relayed that, “in short, what we are building here is a small city.” As the plans for Desert Ridge continue to come to life, it is expected that this “small city” will be a booming, thriving community.



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