Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is opening part of its Tucson location to outside businesses.
The Tucson campus has 68 acres, but is only using 54 of them. There are 25 buildings and many of those are not being used. The school sees this as an opportunity to get more funding. It's looking for outside businesses to take up that space, but also to partner with.
"And so we're thinking creatively, 'OK, well, lets maximize what we have - our resources. And so we actually conducted a space utilization study to figure out, you know, which of these buildings is viable to the public, which has parking access, what would have the proper space and set up that maybe an outside organization wold be interested in partnering with us," said Ryan Ducharme, the Chief Agency Relations Officer for the ASDB.
Three businesses are already interested: pne charter school for children with autism, a kindergarten to third grade charter school, and the third business is a medical supply company.
To find out how your business can apply to lease space, email the ASDB Tucson Campus Facilities and Transportation manager, Albert Duff at albert.duffasdb.az.gov or (520) 770-3825.