CASA GRANDE — “It’s about time!”
That was how Pinal County Supervisors Chairman Todd House, R-Apache Junction, began his statements while addressing a crowd at the PhoenixMart construction site.
He and other elected officials were there on Monday to commemorate a milestone for the company as the first sections of wall to the main PhoenixMart building were tilted up and put into place.
Over 30 wall panels are scheduled to be raised and stationed this week and AZ Sourcing, parent company of PhoenixMart, expects to have the majority of walls up by the end of November.
It was a significant step in the construction process after the company endured multiple delays since breaking ground three years ago. In August 2015, AZ Sourcing officials had estimated that vertical construction would commence within a couple of months.
The company didn’t receive a building permit until this summer after it decided to license itself as its own building contractor. Since then, the construction site at Florence Boulevard and Overfield Road has been active with crew workers installing underground utility connections and pouring concrete slabs.
House said the progress on PhoenixMart shows that the Board of Supervisors has remained committed to strengthening economic development and that PhoenixMart is only the beginning to future growth.
“We just want to make sure things happen in Pinal County and we want to move forward,” he said.
Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, said he was thrilled to finally see the walls start to go up on Monday. He hopes the progress may dispel some local naysayers who have been skeptical of the project.
AZ Sourcing fell under some scrutiny in November 2015 after FBI agents were seen raiding the company’s offices. The federal agency has not disclosed the nature of its investigation.
Miller said he’s not concerned about the FBI investigation and believes PhoenixMart will be beneficial to the community.
The main PhoenixMart building is to take up about 1.6 million square-feet and be 33 feet high. The wholesale distribution center is designed to include over 1,800 suites for various companies to lease and conduct business with each other.
By KEVIN REAGAN Staff Writer-Casa Grande DIspatch