CAC Board approves 208-acre purchase for San Tan Valley campus
By Tom Di Camillo, Director of Media & Community Events
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - The Central Arizona College Board of Governors approved the recommendation by the CAC administration to purchase approximately 208 acres of land in the San Tan Valley for construction of the college's new campus in the area.
The approval occurred during the board's monthly meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, on the Signal Peak Campus.
The property is located on the northeast corner of Bella Vista Road and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, approximately one mile east of the Bella Vista-Ganzel Road (Ironwood Road) intersection, and roughly two miles east of the Hunt Highway-Bella Vista Road intersection at Johnson Ranch.
"This is another milestone for Central Arizona College as we continue our mission of expanding educational opportunities and creating accessibility to higher education for the communities of Pinal County," President Dennis Jenkins said. "With the construction of our new Maricopa Campus about to begin, and the purchase of this property in the San Tan Valley, CAC will have five full-service campuses located throughout Pinal County."
Formerly farm land, CAC's San Tan Valley property strategically locates the campus in the Bell Vista Road corridor with easy access to Hunt Highway, as well as Ganzel/Ironwood Road that has direct access to Route 60 in the northern part of the county. Poston Butte High School and Ironwood Banner hospital are in close proximity.
The cost of the land is $43,000 per acre for a total price of $8,944,000. The undeveloped property is presently owned by BVF Opportunity, LLC, in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has been master-planned for a housing community in the future. BVF Opportunity will retain most of the surrounding property for potential residential and commercial development in the future.