Tempe Expands Boundaries For The First Time Since 2006
Article originally posted on Patch.com on February 19, 2021
TEMPE, AZ — Tempe is adding 17 acres to its boundaries, clearing a path for improvements and a new mixed-use development, the city said.
In a news release, the city of Tempe announced it was annexing a portion of the north Tempe county island. The move is the first time the city has added to its boundaries in 15 years after the last expansion took place in 2006. The 17 new acres of land are located south of E. Curry Road, west of N. Miller Road and north of E. Gilbert Drive, the city said.
“Residents in north Tempe have been wanting to see improvements to the county island adjacent to them for a long time. By annexing this land, we can begin that work,” Tempe City Councilmember Jennifer Adams said in a statement. “We are turning an eyesore into a highly desirable area. This property is just north of Tempe Town Lake and downtown Tempe. It’s just south of ASU SkySong. It is a great location.”
Patched has reached out to a city of Tempe spokesperson for additional information.
The annexation allows Tempe to make much-needed road and infrastructure improvements. A new residential and retail development called Banyan North Tempe is also planned for the area. The development will include approximately 650 residential units and retail spaces. The project is being designed by local architect Todd & Associates in partnership with development firm Milhaus.
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