Stein Koss, principal with Phoenix-based Lee & Associates,says the fact that the park at the junction of Burns and Petersroads is rail-served has already spurred interest among potentialusers. Nineteen acres are under contract to a user planning todevelop its own facility, says Koss, who is marketing the land forthe Scottsdale, AZ-based developer.

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"The big issue on this whole thing is that we have rail that therailroad will serve," Koss explains to GlobeSt.com. He adds thatroughly 120 to 130 acres near interstates 8 and 10 have access toUnion Pacific Railroad tracks.

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Koss says that Casa Grande is proving attractive to developersand users because of its growth, labor pool and relatively fastpermitting process. He says the affordable housing market hasboomed because the city has a lower cost of living. "Severalhundreds of people live in Casa Grande and work in the Phoenixmetro area," he says.

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Developers also are attracted to the more affordable land pricesin Casa Grande. Central Arizona Commerce Park's land is tagged at$3.50 per sf to $5 per sf whereas it can cost $6.50 per sf to$10.00 per sf in other parts of the metro.

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"The land prices in metro Phoenix have gotten so high some usersare choosing to drive 30 to 45 minutes south to Casa Grande," Kosssays. "Because of Casa Grande's cost of living and cost of land,it's now an option. Not the only option, but an option."

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