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Developers and city of Maricopa representatives put shovels in the dirt Friday at the location for the new Estrella Gin Business Park on West Edison Road.

MARICOPA — Shovels are in the dirt for several new Maricopa projects, including the much anticipated Estrella Gin Business Park, Sonoran Creek Marketplace and the first local community hospital.

On Friday, developers and city of Maricopa representatives met on the site of the future Estrella Gin Business Park on West Edison Road for a groundbreaking ceremony.

The city calls the park its “first wholly job-centered development” and it will feature 30 acres or 300,000 square feet of business space including offices, warehouses, manufacturing and retail. The build is expected to bring in around 700 new jobs to the city with an annual payroll estimation of $41.9 million.

According to the city’s website, “The new business park will increase the city’s inventory of professional space, which consistently hovers at or near 0% vacancy.”

Last year, this property was up in the air after the city and the prospective developer could not come to an agreement on a time frame for building.

“We parted ways with our previous developer and found another that truly understands Maricopa’s vision for growth and is very excited to get the Estrella Gin Business Park out of the ground post-haste,” Mayor Christian Price said Wednesday at his State of the City address.

This Thursday, another groundbreaking will take place, this time for Sonoran Creek Marketplace. This long-awaited shopping area will see Maricopa gain its first specialty grocery store with the arrival of Sprouts. Joining the grocery store are Discount Tire, Brake Masters, Wynn Salon, Jimmy John’s, The Joint Chiropractic, State Farm Insurance and Filiberto’s Mexican Food.

Price also announced the groundbreaking for community hospital Exceptional Health, a breakthrough for Maricopa, which has been long-devoid of a local hospital. Construction crews will break ground on the new 20,752-square-foot facility on the northwest corner of North John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Avenue on Nov. 13.

The 24/7 center will have 10 emergency exam rooms and 10 inpatient rooms along with the associated medical and laboratory rooms. There will also be an urgent care area with five extra beds. A spokesman for the hospital said there would be availability for COVID-19 testing.

While this facility is not a full-sized hospital, the one-story center will fill a great need in emergency care for Maricopans. Price acknowledged that the hospital is not everything the city needs in terms of health services, but reminded community members that they are on the path to bigger and greater things with the latest hospital development.

“This is an excellent step in the right direction and helps let the big national hospital providers know that we are truly ready to support and sustain a full-fledged, full-service hospital,” Price said. “Believe it or not, that day will come sooner than you think.”

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Katie Sawyer covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at ksawyer@pinalcentral.com.

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