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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Buckeye, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Buckeye, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Buckeye, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Buckeye, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Eric Orsborn uses development background to make Buckeye a boomtown

March 28, 2023Eric Orsborn never saw his future coming.“I never thought I would be an elected official,” says the mayor of Buckeye. “Ever!”DEEPER DIVE: AZ Big 100: 25 male busines...

March 28, 2023

Eric Orsborn never saw his future coming.

“I never thought I would be an elected official,” says the mayor of Buckeye. “Ever!”

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But back in the day, Orsborn was a project manager for DMB Associates — which developed the game-changing master-planned community of Verrado in Buckeye — and DMB encouraged its associates to become ingrained in the community.

“They said, ‘We want you to get involved, get on a board, or run for council,’” Orsborn recalls. “And I said, ‘There is no way I’m running for council.’”

At that time, Buckeye was in the news a lot, but for the wrong reasons. The city was fiercely trying to find its footing and struggling to find the leadership needed to right the ship.

“When it came time for the elections in late 2009, I no longer worked for DMB,” Orsborn says. “Karrin Taylor Robson approached me and said, ‘Hey, have you ever thought of running for council?’ And I said, ‘There is no way I’m running for council.’”

Turning point for Eric Orsborn

Then, Orsborn met former Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck.

“He said, ‘We have a fireman, a policeman, a veterinarian, a bookkeeper, and a couple of small businessmen on the council, but nobody that brings your big-budget experience,’” Orsborn remembers.

Orsborn’s background was in heavy civil construction, including water, wastewater treatment plants, bridges and infrastructure. And no one on the council at that time brought the development experience Orsborn possessed.

“They said, ‘Your skill set is perfect for what we’re going to be going through over the next 50 years in the City of Buckeye,’” Orsborn says. “They really encouraged me to do it.”

And the rest, as they say, is history. Eric Orsborn served on Buckeye’s City Council from 2010-2018, was vice mayor from 2018-2020, and was elected mayor of Buckeye in 2020.

Since Orsborn was sworn in as mayor, Buckeye has witnessed the groundbreaking of Teravalis, a 37,000-acre mixed-use master-planned community that is projected to include 100,000 homes and 55 million square feet of commercial development; announcements by both Banner Health and Abrazo that they plan to build hospitals near Verrado Way and the I-10; Costco broke ground in December; plans for Verrado Marketplace feature movie theaters, a retail center, a gym and a grocery store; and there is 9 million square feet of industrial under construction and 40 million square foot of industrial in the pipeline.

Orsborn says some of the skills he built as a developer have helped make him a more effective politician.

“As a developer, you’re trying to find some common ground and it’s not always ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ but there are ways to make things happen,” he says. If it is ‘no,’ how can we get to a ‘yes’ that works for all of us? My background allows me to help the developers understand the things that we have to do as a city and why it can’t always be full after-burner. And also helping the city realize where we can help the development community to go faster. And the faster we go, the quicker we get infrastructure built, the quicker we grow a population that brings in more need for retail. And so then the retailers start coming in. It’s trying to have a good vision. The good developers that are coming in have good vision for what this place could become.”

Part of Orsborn’s vision is turning Buckeye from what has historically been a commuter city — residents travel elsewhere to earn a living — to becoming a hot spot for jobs.

“Right now, we have 9 million square feet of industrial that is under construction and 40 million square foot of industrial in the pipeline. If you figure about three employees per 1,000 square feet, that’s 120,000 jobs in the City of Buckeye over the next 10 or so years.”

That doesn’t include the added jobs that come with the healthcare and retail projects that are already in the pipeline. And there is even talk about bringing a world-class resort to Buckeye, along with the city potentially being home to a movie studio with up to 16 40,000-square-foot sound stages.

“That starts to drag a portion of Hollywood our way,” Orsborn says. “And that, in turn, significantly grows the airport, which helps us to make investment in the airport.”

But Orsborn isn’t all about growth and development. He has helped spark efforts to protect one of Buckeye’s greatest natural resources — its open spaces and the White Tank Mountains so that generations that follow can enjoy the beauty that attracted many to Buckeye in the first place.

“I hope that we’re able to grow responsibly and grow some really special neighborhoods,” Orsborn says. “I hope we’re able to grow employment in our area so 90% of us don't have to drive out of Buckeye to work. I hope to bring retail to Buckeye and make it an incredibly special place, a destination city that people want to come and live. I don’t want Buckeye to be a city where people have to live because they can’t afford to live someplace else. I want people to be able to say, ‘I live in the City of Buckeye. I’m really, really proud to be here. It’s a special place to live.’”

Buckeye development is rising quickly. But not all residents are backing the changes

One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Buckeye always seems to have plenty of projects in the works that include everything from apartment buildings to single-family homes to commercial development. But not all Buckeye residents are happy with the way the city is expanding.A group of Buckeye homeowners spoke at the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening to voice their opposition to Avilla Marigold, a new housing development that could be coming to the area.The City Council voted on both the annexation...

One of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Buckeye always seems to have plenty of projects in the works that include everything from apartment buildings to single-family homes to commercial development. But not all Buckeye residents are happy with the way the city is expanding.

A group of Buckeye homeowners spoke at the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening to voice their opposition to Avilla Marigold, a new housing development that could be coming to the area.

The City Council voted on both the annexation and rezoning of 19.4 acres of land, located about a quarter-mile west of the southwest corner of Thomas Road and Jackrabbit Trail. The land is currently in unincorporated Maricopa County, which is why it needed to be annexed. Both the annexation and the rezoning were passed by the City Council, although the project will still need to be approved by the city's Planning & Zoning Commission before any final plans are made.

While the land was technically rezoned for multifamily housing, the homes will actually more resemble single-family homes. All of the homes will be on one lot and will be rented out like apartments. NexMetro Communities, the developer behind the project, currently has 10 housing developments that are either currently open, or will soon be open, throughout the Phoenix area.

Brennan Ray, an attorney who spoke at the meeting on behalf of the developers, said the units are marketed toward people who can afford a house but prefer to rent with the benefits of an apartment. Fifty percent of the people who will live in the homes make between $50,000 and $200,000 annually, he said.

Mandi Garcia, who spoke at the meeting, said the area is the wrong place for a project like this. The land is in a rural area, with many people owning livestock. Additionally, an area of the land floods frequently during the monsoon. Other concerns include traffic in the area, which is already backed up and will only get worse with more houses. Garcia asked the council to slow down the development while some of the issues are sorted out ahead of time.

Barbara Ver Worert expressed concerns over safety hazards because the housing development will be so close to Luke Air Force Base, as well as excessive noise.

There is an area of land under Luke Air Force Base's compatibility area, which means it's regulated by state law, said Adam Copeland, Buckeye's deputy director of planning. The area of land where the development will be is in the graduated density area, which means it is subject to guidelines set by Luke Air Force Base but is not in violation of state law. The developer has already been involved in discussions with Luke, Copeland said.

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Several residents who spoke at the meeting said the construction of the development would not be consistent with goals outlined in Buckeye's general plan. Michelle Wuss said she is also concerned about the increased stress that would be placed on the city's schools with an influx of new residents. Julia Allen said she is concerned that the city won't have enough water to continue to supply for new developments.

Copeland also said the city has the ability to address traffic concerns. The project could break ground within 12 to 18 months, and with current road improvements, traffic engineers believe the roads would be able to accommodate new residents. The development could be ready by the second quarter of 2025, Ray said.

While a resident mentioned there was a petition with 480 signatures opposed to the project, Copeland said the petition was never received. And Buckeye District 6 Councilmember Clay Goodman said there are 19,000 people who live in District 6, making the number of people opposed to the development only 2.5%.

While growth in the Buckeye area may be difficult for some people, it's inevitable. Goodman commended the speakers for their passion and spoke about his own experience growing up in the area and attending high school in what was north Phoenix. At the time, there was only desert to the west.

"The Valley is growing. And I think things like this are coming. Whether you agree or disagree, it's coming this way," Goodman said.

Buckeye's projected water shortage is not as dire as you think

Opinion: A recently released groundwater model has a lot of people thinking Buckeye is nearly out of water and can't sustain its growth. Far from it.opinion contributorRecent headlines may lead you to believe that Arizona is out of water, or a bad water steward and that all development is coming to a halt.I’ve heard these concerns from my neighbors down the street to friends that live halfway across the country.Let me start by saying that Buckeye’s water future is secure and it is not in danger....

Opinion: A recently released groundwater model has a lot of people thinking Buckeye is nearly out of water and can't sustain its growth. Far from it.

opinion contributor

Recent headlines may lead you to believe that Arizona is out of water, or a bad water steward and that all development is coming to a halt.

I’ve heard these concerns from my neighbors down the street to friends that live halfway across the country.

Let me start by saying that Buckeye’s water future is secure and it is not in danger.

Buckeye has been working for years to diversify our water portfolio.

We currently have enough water resources to sustain our existing customers and the projected growth that already have certificates of assured water supply.

Buckeye bought water, adopted strict codes

The Hassayampa Sub-Basin is the part of the aquifer from which Buckeye gets most of its water.

A groundwater model was released earlier this year, stating this aquifer would be about 15% short on water demand over the next 100 years, if all projected development was completely built out – without making any changes to water management strategies.

Buckeye welcomed the release of this model. It gave us a starting point to start strategizing for the future.

After groundwater report:What does a growing Buckeye do next?

Since its release, Buckeye staff have had very productive meetings with the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Kyl Center for Water Policy. Together, we are working toward incorporating Buckeye’s groundwater management practices into the model and bringing it up to date.

One of our goals is to make this model more dynamic. Since this model was put together with data from 2016, Buckeye has:

All of this, in addition to implementing a Drought Management Plan and adopting strict conservation codes.

We're continuing to explore innovative solutions

Buckeye is in a great position with a bright future.

Just as the East Valley faced similar challenges nearly 40 years ago, Buckeye has the opportunity to be at the forefront of the next wave of innovative water solutions.

Just as growth happens incrementally, so will those solutions.

We continue to explore opportunities such as:

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There cannot be one single solution to these challenges. It will require time and collaboration with other cities and local and regional agencies.

Buckeye will be there every step of the way to ensure our water future is safe and sustainable.

Eric Orsborn is mayor of Buckeye. Reach him at

Fast-growing Buckeye's land, water rights deal still not enough to quench need

The Buckeye City Council approved the spending of $80 million on a lot with groundwater rights for fiscal year 2023 during a special meeting on Monday.Buckeye, one of the nation's fastest growing cities, has approved 27 master planned communities and two planning areas that would grow the city's population by 872,000 people.Information needed:...

The Buckeye City Council approved the spending of $80 million on a lot with groundwater rights for fiscal year 2023 during a special meeting on Monday.

Buckeye, one of the nation's fastest growing cities, has approved 27 master planned communities and two planning areas that would grow the city's population by 872,000 people.

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The city recently made headlines after Gov. Katie Hobbs released a report by the Arizona Department of Water Resources discussing the far West Valley's groundwater issues.

The report, called the Lower Hassayampa Sub-basin Groundwater Model, shows that several development areas in Buckeye need to find alternative sources of water aside from the Lower Hassayampa Sub-basin.

After meeting in an executive session for over two hours, the City Council voted to approve the purchase. Essentially, the council's decision authorizes the city manager to deliver the purchase agreement on behalf of Buckeye and move forward with buying the land.

Buckeye will purchase the land from Harquahala Valley Landowners, LLC.

It's one of the few basins where it is legal to transport groundwater to an active management area, said Kathleen Ferris, senior research fellow for Arizona State University's Kyl Center for Water Policy. The city also had to purchase the land itself in order to be able to pump groundwater.

Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn said the purchase was in the works for several years, so the money was already set aside in this year's budget. The city also was looking at several other opportunities to expand its water portfolio for the future as the city continues to grow, he said.

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In the purchase agreement, Buckeye will gain 592,592 acre-feet of groundwater and is authorized to withdraw a maximum of 5,926 acre-feet per year over a minimum period of 100 years.

Orsborn said the water will be used for municipal purposes, which could include residential or commercial and retail.

In a statement to The Arizona Republic, a Buckeye representative said it will take up to six months to close the purchase and several years to determine the most cost-effective way to transport the water to the city. However, having access to the water rights strengthens the portfolio regardless of development.

In the city's 2020 Water Resources Master Plan, options discussed to transport the water include the construction of the city's own pipeline or transportation of the water through the CAP canal.

While the city is expanding its water portfolio, it's still not enough to sustain the city's expected growth, Ferris said. A 1 acre-foot of water typically serves three single-family homes for a year. So, if the water is used to support single-family homes, it could eventually service more than 17,000 homes per year.

Buckeye master-planned community could reduce housing, allow industrial development

Update: Buckeye's planning commission recommended approval on Aug. 8 to designate the site for industrial development. It's expected to be voted on by City Council in September.Original story: Developers want to redesignate about 1,200 acres of undeveloped land in the master-planned Tartesso community for major industrial g...

Update: Buckeye's planning commission recommended approval on Aug. 8 to designate the site for industrial development. It's expected to be voted on by City Council in September.

Original story: Developers want to redesignate about 1,200 acres of undeveloped land in the master-planned Tartesso community for major industrial growth.

The residential project in Buckeye spans more than 10,000 acres overall and was first proposed in the early 2000s. Nearly 1,000 homes were built by various developers before the housing crash but construction slowed after the Great Recession.

As the development stalled, eventually new buyers acquired the site near the White Tank Mountains in 2016 with plans to develop more than 40,000 homes, the Business Journal previously reported.

Texas-based D.R. Horton has developed some housing in the Tartesso community, which is broken down into nine areas, but much of the land across the entire site is vacant. Tartesso currently has about 3,371 homes and is owned by Phoenix-based Buckeye Tartesso LLC.

As industrial development has boomed in Buckeye and across the Valley, the owners of Tartesso are now looking to reduce the number of planned lots on a portion of the site in exchange for future industrial and commercial development that could bring more companies and jobs to the city.

"We see value in creating jobs for Buckeye and the Sun Valley Parkway region," said Chris Barr, owner of Buckeye Tartesso. "We see it as a great corridor for industrial trade with its proximity to the I-10, proximity to labor in both the metro Phoenix area and the West Valley. This is the next step in line for the diversification of our master plan."

The site that could be dedicated for development such as warehouses and light manufacturing is located in the southern portion of the community just north of Interstate 10 and west of State Route 85.

"The city of Buckeye has seen an increase in desire for employment-related uses within close proximity to I-10 and SR 85," documents submitted to the city said.

The new commercial area will be called Buckeye Spectrum at Tartesso and sits at the southeast corner of McDowell Road and Sun Valley Parkway. Barr said Buckeye Spectrum has already generated "a lot of excitement" and received preliminary interest.

At full build out, Barr said the Tartesso master-planned community is expected to encompass 45,000 homes.

Irvine, California-based Dolphin Partners Inc. and Buckeye Tartesso LLC, the current owners, have applied to amend the Tartesso community plan with the city of Buckeye to set up the site for commercial development.

A city of Buckeye report said the request would reduce the number of permitted single-family lots in this portion of Tartesso from nearly 8,900 to 2,866 and increase the community's commercial area by 1,280 acres, which it said could benefit from the future Interstate 11 and the planned Buckeye Municipal Airport growth.

Buckeye's planning commission was scheduled to vote on the development on Tuesday. If the project moves forward, City Council is expected to hold a vote Sept. 5, according to the city report. A preliminary application meeting was first held in the summer of 2022.

Documents submitted to the city said that the industrial uses on site will be buffered or separated from existing or planned residential uses within the Tartesso East community. Plans for a proposed Tartesso Town Center just south of the potential industrial area will also remain unchanged, documents added.

Water at the Buckeye Spectrum is expected to be provided by the city of Buckeye, documents said, adding that at full build out, the project will be served by the proposed Tartesso East Regional Water Supply Facility that's in the early planning stages.

The Phoenix metro is now the No. 1 market in the country for industrial development, according to CommercialEdge, which showed that the Valley had nearly 60 million square feet of space under construction. This is to help meet demand for manufacturing, logistics and companies moving out of California.


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