Soon, Williams Gateway will be no more. The changing of the name is just the beginning for the area. A few months ago, I mentioned that the Gateway Area has some interesting commercial and residential projects planned. In today’s paper, there is more news of the plan to create a major international cargo hub. The project is called Arizona Direct and there looks to be great potential to bring more business and revenue to the area. Part of the appeal has to do with a duty-free trade Zone that “will carry the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designation (one of only seven in Arizona) which provides significant tax incentives and results in competitive advantages for companies choosing to locate and operate on site.”
Near by, DMB’s plans for the old proving grounds site should have a large impact on the area as well. DMB is a developer of some really nice projects in AZ, California, Hawaii etc. I doubt they would have purchased such a large parcel of land in this area if they didn’t feel the potential for growth wasn’t there.
It will be fun to watch this area. The proximity to ASU Polytechnic Campus, freeway access, rail lines etc. make for an interesting part of town.
The area is growing, we will be sure to keep an eye on it. If you want any information about current housing in the area.. “Just Call Nick!”