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Mesa approves lease for Arizona State University campus

June 5, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Mesa officials have signed off on an agreement to bring an Arizona State University satellite campus to the Phoenix suburb.

The Arizona Republic reports the city council voted 5-2 Monday in favor of a 99-year lease agreement with the university.

According to city documents, the city has agreed to construct the university’s building on city-owned land downtown for about $63.5 million.

Mesa Mayor John Giles says the deal is an “opportunity to develop high-wage jobs and to give a shot in the arm to our economy.”

Critics of the projects say the agreement was brought forward against the will of voters.

Mesa residents voted against a sales tax hike in 2016 that would have created the campus. The project was then projected to cost $102 million.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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