For ten months the space has been vacant, and now a big announcement from city officials promises a brighter future and dozens of new jobs.
Plans for a Fiesta Corporate Campus were announced for the old Macy's Department Store at Fiesta Mall; the space has been vacant since May of last year.
"We've decided that as we've viewed that repositioning the mall from a total retail orientation, to one that would be more directed toward corporate officer use, supported with compliments of retail and residential development," said Scott Jackson, a developer.
The 158,000 square foot facility will be transformed into a multi-use project.
Construction is set to begin this fall; Mesa Vice-Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh calls the move a milestone.
"We needed to replace, reinvest, in 30-year-old public infrastructure, change the look, make it a more pedestrian-oriented urban area," said Kavanaugh.
The new corporate campus will follow the Fiesta District Design Guidelines, it will include a 2,500 square foot outdoor patio/break area on the upper level. More importantly, according to Mesa Mayor John Giles, it has the potential of adding as many as 1,300 jobs.
"The challenge of aging malls and big box stores in the era of internet retail is a nation wide issue, I'm proud Mesa is leading the way addressing community of what we can do," said Mayor Giles.
The construction project is expected to take 18 months.