Longbow Gateway One aims to attract aerospace businesses
October 7, 2017
By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
Construction machinery peppers the southeast corner of Higley Road and Longbow Parkway in preparation for Longbow Gateway One, a 150,000-square-foot speculative industrial facility designed to attract aerospace and defense businesses to the Falcon Field District.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed January 31. Once fully leased, Longbow Gateway One is expected to have at least 175 employees.
“Longbow Gateway One will be an excellent addition to Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “The decision by Opus Development Company to bring a new industrial facility for aerospace and defense companies to the Falcon Field District is a great endorsement of our business-friendly environment.”
Mesa Economic Development Director Bill Jabjiniak said his staff, specifically Aric Bopp, worked closely with the Opus Group and Longbow ownership throughout the design review, planning and permitting process to make this happen.
The development will be adjacent to Boeing’s 2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility, Falcon Field Airport and the Loop 202. Boeing makes AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.
“This is an exciting step toward the future of the Falcon Field District. The city of Mesa is committed to being a business-friendly community and to attracting top flight companies to our city,” said Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilman David Luna.
“This facility will check all the boxes companies look for and will be a tremendous addition to Mesa.”
In addition to aerospace and defense businesses, Opus Development Company, investor and developer of the project, is targeting light assembly, distribution, general industrial, storage, food and e-commerce businesses as future tenants.
“This strategic location within Longbow Business Park is ideally suited to capitalize on the consistently steady demand we have seen in the Southeast Valley across a variety of industries, especially aerospace and defense,” said Sean Cummings, vice president of real estate development for Opus Development.
“The city of Mesa, as our strategic partner, was integral in the process and we look forward to working with them to bring a great project and future tenants to the city.”
The land is properly zoned, so it did not need to go before council, Jabjiniak said. It went through Planning and Zoning on April 19, and the Design Review Board on March 14.
Nearby is Longbow Business Park and Golf Club, a mixed-use commercial development, which features Longbow Golf Club, alongside planned office, industrial, retail and hotel spaces.