The city of Goodyear celebrated the groundbreaking of Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ on April 23, signaling another milestone in the state-of-the-art project.
The spot will serve as the community’s first gathering spot for festivals, concerts and parades.
“The features of this project were truly created by our community, and I am very proud that the voices of our residents really drove this project,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “This is the fulfillment of a long-held dream, and I couldn’t be more excited to see it finally become a reality.”
The city of Goodyear has sought to create a project like this for nearly 40 years. In 2019, Goodyear and Globe Corp. created a partnership that allowed the project to move forward.
Globe owns 47 acres where the new Civic Square will be built, at the northwest corner of McDowell Road and 150th Drive. Globe is donating some of the land to Goodyear for this project.
The project is part of a larger 47-acre parcel owned by Globe that will include class A office space, retail, multifamily housing and other mixed uses.
“We are beyond excited to begin construction of phase one of GSQ,” said Globe Corporation President George Getz. “Globe has owned the property since 1971, and with the explosive growth in Goodyear; time has come to create a new downtown for the city. GSQ will be the envy of every city in Arizona with the private-public partnership created by Globe and the city of Goodyear.”
The project is expected to jump-start the development of restaurants, stores and entertainment. GSQ will bring in hundreds of workers to the area, which will be a big draw for new businesses.
The city relied on citizens’ input in choosing the design and amenities of the new civic square. Those amenities include:
• A state-of-the-art city hall.
• A two-story library (twice the size of the current one).
• A 2-acre park for community events, food trucks, parades, fairs and concerts (including an iconic Goodyear sign for selfies).
• 100,000 square feet of upscale class A office space to attract high-quality jobs; a four-story parking garage.
• Space for new restaurants, retail and entertainment.
• An art sculpture to capture the story of Goodyear.
“As I look back on the charrette process that was held many years ago in developing our civic center and the droves of citizens — families with toddlers in strollers and teens who eagerly offered their ideas — I am thankful for the high level of engagement from our residents in this effort,” Lord said.
“We had seniors who shared their life experiences, as well as many business owners, and those ideas will be part of our future.”
Hundreds of people participated in the groundbreaking in person and virtually. City leaders, along with leadership from Globe Corp. and Ryan Companies, the project builder, participated in the ceremonial turning of dirt. Special goggles were provided to attendees, allowing them to view a virtual version of the finished project.
Goodyear’s current city hall requires future funding for reinvestment and expansion and was meant to be a temporary location. Goodyear Civic Square at GSQ is expected to be completed by mid-2022.