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Mesa approves lease for Arizona State University campus

Posted: 12:51 PM, Jun 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-05 18:51:13Z

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.