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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Casa Grande, AZ

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. Casa Grande, 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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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

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.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

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.

CUSTOM STORAGE

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.

LOCAL MOVE

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.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

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.

MOVING & STORAGE

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.

OFFICE USE

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.

BUSINESS USE

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

CUSTOM USE

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.
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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.

 Rent Storage Containers Casa Grande, AZ

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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Casa Grande, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

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.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Casa Grande, AZ

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.

 Storage Containers For Rent Casa Grande, AZ

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.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Casa Grande, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Casa Grande, AZ

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

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 Casa Grande, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Casa Grande, AZ

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 Casa Grande, 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.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Casa Grande, 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.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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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Securing Arizona’s Future: Governor Ducey Signs Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Governor, Legislature make historic investments in education, border security, infrastructurePHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, a responsible package that pays down debt, secures our future and lays the foundation for even more growth — all while investing in the areas that matter most to Arizonans.“This landmark, bipartisan budget makes historic investments to secure Arizona’s future,” said Governor Ducey. “We’re making fis...

Governor, Legislature make historic investments in education, border security, infrastructure

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget, a responsible package that pays down debt, secures our future and lays the foundation for even more growth — all while investing in the areas that matter most to Arizonans.

“This landmark, bipartisan budget makes historic investments to secure Arizona’s future,” said Governor Ducey. “We’re making fiscally-responsible decisions and targeted commitments that will leave a legacy long after this administration. With dollars to secure our border, record-investments in K-12 education, and significant infrastructure funding to pave the roads of tomorrow ⁠— this budget truly delivers for Arizonans. And it does so, while providing tax relief to our citizens, paying off debt, and topping off the state’s Rainy Day Fund. I’m grateful to all of the state lawmakers who put in the work to deliver a budget for all Arizonans. Many thanks to the legislative leaders and appropriations chairs for their unwavering leadership and support.”

This year’s budget makes major improvements to Arizona’s K-12 education system, including the most significant yearly increase in the last eight years. With an additional $1 billion in year-over-year spending, total K-12 spending for this year is $8.45 billion. As per pupil funding surges, Governor Ducey said in a signing letter, “the classroom is exactly where this new funding should be directed by each school's governing board.”

Arizona’s budget continues Governor Ducey’s track record of taking action and supporting efforts to secure the border. With a $544 million investment in the Border Security Fund, Governor Ducey is delivering on a promise from his January State of the State that if Washington, D.C. will not do its part to secure our border, Arizona will.

The budget also delivers on other issues that matter most to Arizonans. Through historic investments, the plan enhances public safety and state trooper pay, expands a vital portion of I-10, catalyzes the modernization of the State Parks system, pays down debt, saves for the future, and helps Arizona families keep more of their hard-earned money.

To sustain a growing Arizona, the budget includes the largest investment in state history in strategic transportation initiatives. Governor Ducey wrote in a signing letter that these investments will sustain Arizona’s incredible economic growth.

To ensure every dollar spent is useful to Arizonans, the governor also line-item vetoed the following appropriation of the budget: House Bill 2862, page 85, lines 33 and 34. In a letter, the governor said, “This appropriation however has little support from the public and veteran community.”

Highlights of the fiscally responsible budget include:

K-12 and Higher Education

Public Safety

Health & Wellness

Natural Resources

Infrastructure

Government That Works

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Lucid Motors to lease more than 1,300 acres in Casa Grande

Update: As expected, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the lease and purchase agreement with Lucid Group Inc. in a 4-1 vote. It also approved the bond in a 4-1 vote.The county manager said the lease will bring Lucid's overall site to about 2,000 acres, or the size of an OEM auto manufacturer campus. The county also said this would enable Lucid to produce its full line and have a supplier park.Citing an economic impact report that was not included in the agenda, the county said Lucid could...

Update: As expected, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved the lease and purchase agreement with Lucid Group Inc. in a 4-1 vote. It also approved the bond in a 4-1 vote.

The county manager said the lease will bring Lucid's overall site to about 2,000 acres, or the size of an OEM auto manufacturer campus. The county also said this would enable Lucid to produce its full line and have a supplier park.

Citing an economic impact report that was not included in the agenda, the county said Lucid could hire more than 6,000 when the "full vision" is built out. Over 20 years, the county added that the economic output would total an estimated $256 billion, while the tax revenue from Pinal County is expected to total $352 million.

"As we seek to expand our product offerings globally, we must continue to grow here in Arizona, and we frankly require additional space to do so. It's worth emphasizing we see this investment as securing the county's future as a national leader in vehicle electrification. As we expand, so too do the opportunities for a significant supplier network as well as our own operations to grow with us," said Daniel Witt, Lucid’s head of state and local public policy, at the special session on Monday.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. also told the county at the meeting that the land acquisition for industrial development through the tax revenue bond would total about $114 million.

Click through the gallery below to see images of the Lucid factory.

Original story: Weeks after Lucid Motors (Nasdaq: LCID) purchased 120 acres around its existing plant, newly released documents show the electric vehicle startup could be planning an even bigger expansion in Pinal County.

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors will vote Monday afternoon in a special session on a development agreement, lease and purchase agreement with Lucid USA Inc. for more than 1,300 acres around the company’s existing facility.

The proposed agreements will allow the county and Casa Grande to lease the property to Lucid Motors for an annual rent of $7.1 million for four years with the option to purchase the site, according to city documents. Casa Grande is looking to annex and rezone the property for industrial development.

The Board of Supervisors will also vote on Monday to approve a $126 million tax revenue bond, which could go toward purchasing the property Lucid will lease or other sites for industrial development projects in the county. The resolution for the bond does not specify what parcels are being purchased.

The bond also has an estimated interest of nearly $140 million and will be paid back by the potential industrial companies, according to the county.

In 2018, Pinal County purchased an initial 500 acres for nearly $30 million in Casa Grande to be leased and eventually sold to Lucid Motors, which built its first plant on the site. Through the agreement, Lucid is paying $1.8 million annual rent for four years before it purchases the 500 acres.

Documents said Lucid Motors is considering using the new site for uses related to its adjacent car manufacturing, assembly and testing facility. Its current plant is located about an hour south of Phoenix at the southwest corner of Thornton and Peters roads between Interstates 10 and 8 in Casa Grande.

The newest proposed lease is generally located south of the Lucid plant from Burris to Chuichu roads and Peters to Cornman roads. Specific site plans for the area have not been released, but the development agreement promises Lucid an expedited review and processing of building plans, building permits and any other development or construction related applications or approvals without additional fees or charges, documents said.

The city of Casa Grande said that “encouraging” development of the property through the agreement will also result in “significant” planning, economic and other public purpose benefits for the city and its residents. In addition, the agreement said Lucid could seek out Foreign Trade Zone status for the site, which could significantly reduce property taxes if it receives federal approval for the designation.

In its most recent annual report, Lucid Motors said at full build out, its AMP-1 plant is expected to total more than 5 million square feet across the initial 500 acres. Lucid, which had a net loss of $81 million in the first quarter of this year, also said it expects its Arizona facility to have an annual output capacity of 90,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2023.

In September, Lucid opened AMP-1, a 1 million-square-foot facility, where it started producing its first batch of vehicles. Lucid also started construction on new factory just south of the existing plant, which is expected to add an additional 2.85 million square feet to the company's footprint.

Lucid, which leased a 116,000-square-foot space in Tempe, also has about 2,000 employees in Arizona and plans to hire 1,000 more by the end of this year. Its rapid expansion has started to put more pressure on housing vacancies and basic services within Casa Grande.

Lucid recently confirmed that it froze production for a week at its manufacturing plant in Casa Grande, according to a June report by Business Insider. The company said its scheduled pause was needed to install tooling for assembly of the Air Pure.

The company has in recent months experienced challenges with the supply chain. Business Insider also reported that Lucid had missed its 2021 production goals and already lowered its 2022 target from 20,000 cars to between 12,000 and 14,000.

Water supply issue in Casa Grande takes new turns

Developers in Pinal County are finding ways to work around restrictions put in place by the Arizona Department of Water Resources.CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Nearly a year after the Arizona Department of Water Resources said it won’t approve new supply certificates for groundwater use in the Pinal Active Management Area, local groups are pushing back on the agency’s findings and developers have found a way to keep building homes without the need for certificates.A report submitted on behalf of a group of Pinal area s...

Developers in Pinal County are finding ways to work around restrictions put in place by the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Nearly a year after the Arizona Department of Water Resources said it won’t approve new supply certificates for groundwater use in the Pinal Active Management Area, local groups are pushing back on the agency’s findings and developers have found a way to keep building homes without the need for certificates.

A report submitted on behalf of a group of Pinal area stakeholders argues that ADWR should revise the model it used for a study that found demand for water will outstrip supply by millions of acre-feet over the next 100 years, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.

Meanwhile, developers have started building homes to rent, rather than sell, which eliminates the need for a certificate of assured water supply from ADWR. In Casa Grande alone, around 700 build-to-rent units have received final permits in recent months, something the city rarely saw before ADWR’s decision to cut off new supply certificates.

It shows how a cutoff of Certificates of Assured Water Supply doesn’t necessarily lead to a change in development patterns – at least not right away.

In June, ADWR officials said the department would stop granting Certificates of Assured Water Supply within the Pinal Active Management Area for applicants that want to use groundwater. “The solutions include non-groundwater importation and direct delivery. … (T)hose desiring to develop within the Pinal model domain will need to bring their own non-groundwater supplies,” said Clint Chandler, deputy director of ADWR.

The move wasn’t designed to choke off new groundwater-based development in the area immediately – tens of thousands of lots already had ADWR certificates for building that remained valid. Still, it was a sign that development as usual was no longer viable.

The Pinal AMA encompasses about 4,000 square miles in central Arizona between the Phoenix and Tucson AMAs, overlapping substantially with Pinal County.

Upheaval in the local development industry would mean big shifts for the area’s economy. Pinal is among the fastest-growing counties in the state, attracting workers who commute to metro Phoenix, baby boomers moving into new retirement communities, and the local workforce powering a growing manufacturing sector that now includes companies like electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid Motors.

Since last summer’s ADWR report, a stakeholder group led by Pinal County Supervisor Stephen Miller commissioned their own study that challenges ADWR’s findings and encourages the department to change the assumptions underlying its water consumption model.

The authors of the report, dated April 4, state they drew up a model that “simulate(s) conditions more accurately representing hydrologic conditions and water provider management practices within the Pinal AMA.” And the new model doesn’t find any unmet water demand – implying that ADWR could perhaps go on granting more Certificates of Assured Water Supply, after all.

Tom Buschatzke, director of ADWR, cast some skepticism on the outside study, noting it didn’t account for issues like maximum well depth, but said it will take the department several months to review the submission.

“We have to really get down in the weeds and look to determine if what they did is consistent with both the technical modeling requirements, but more importantly the rules and statutes related to assured water supply,” he said.

Miller himself said developers won’t just go on pumping groundwater. Eventually, he said, they’ll provide water for new commercial and residential construction through more-expensive methods like recharging wastewater, buying desalinated seawater, or purchasing water rights from Native American tribes.

But for now, a move toward built-to-rent developments is allowing homebuilders to continue pumping the wells and avoiding the Certificates of Assured Water Supply requirements entirely.

A new certificate is needed when one lot gets split into six or more lots, which is what developers have to do to sell individual properties in a typical residential subdivision that features dozens or hundreds of new homes. But if the same residential development is instead set aside for rental, there’s no lot subdivision, and therefore no need for new certificates.

Casa Grande, which along with Maricopa is one of the two largest cities in Pinal County, has more than 4,500 new proposed rental units across 20 developments in the permitting process; three developments with a combined total of about 700 units have gotten final approval to build.

Joe Horn, a planner for the city of Casa Grande, said there wasn’t much demand for rental development before ADWR’s announcement – all of the rental development proposals have been submitted in the past six months.

“This is in essence a loophole to that, because you can put 300 units on one lot when you’re doing multifamily/build-to-rent,” Horn said.

The city still has a pipeline for built-to-sell projects – another dozen projects totaling roughly 2,000 units are in that permit process.

Miller said the shift to rental development is a trend happening all around the county, though he anticipates state legislators could move next year to limit developers’ ability to avoid Certificates of Assured Water Supply requirements by building rental properties. “These guys (developers) just move faster than the Legislature,” he said.

Buschatzke, for his part, disputed the idea that the build-to-rent strategy is skirting the rules. “The legal framework was put together to regulate specific activities. I don’t view, legally, any activities that fall outside of that framework as either skirting the law or as a loophole,” he said.

Horn said it’s a dilemma for local planners like himself. “There’s certainly concerns for the water supply and what the future might hold,” he said. But, he added, the area is growing: “We’ve added a lot of jobs, and that typically brings with it a lot more residents, and so this is one way to meet the demand that we’re seeing for housing.”

For residents and builders outside Pinal, the choices that Pinal communities are facing could be a preview of what’s to come.

“What’s happening in the Pinal AMA is a harbinger for the other AMAs,” Arizona State University researchers wrote in a May 2021 report. They specifically pointed to issues in the Phoenix AMA that could lead to groundwater supply problems in the future.

That’s something Buschatzke agreed with.

“Sooner or later, we’ll hit the situation in Pinal in every active management area,” he said. “So it’s going to happen elsewhere and hopefully folks in other AMAs have been paying attention.”

Miller said there’s no easy answers for the trade-offs his community is facing between taking steps that allow further growth and measures that will secure future water availability.

“How do you justify that balance? How do you get that balance? It’s difficult,” he said.

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350 acres near Lucid Motors' plant south of Phoenix sell

About 350 acres near Lucid Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: LCID) Casa Grande manufacturing facility have sold for $19.7 million, according to Pinal County property records.With its location in Casa Grande’s growing industrial corridor, the land located in the area of Trekkel Road and Selma Highway will likely be resold to an industrial developer or user.Casa Grande, a city with a population of about 60,000 people, is attracting the likes of Lucid Motors, ...

About 350 acres near Lucid Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: LCID) Casa Grande manufacturing facility have sold for $19.7 million, according to Pinal County property records.

With its location in Casa Grande’s growing industrial corridor, the land located in the area of Trekkel Road and Selma Highway will likely be resold to an industrial developer or user.

Casa Grande, a city with a population of about 60,000 people, is attracting the likes of Lucid Motors, Kohler Co.'s $300 million manufacturing facility and multiple semiconductor and vehicle manufacturing suppliers. The Newark, California-based electric vehicle maker’s manufacturing facility is located about an hour south of Phoenix at the southwest corner of Thornton and Peters roads between Interstates 10 and 8 in Casa Grande.

Arizona Land Consulting, a Phoenix-based land investment and consulting company founded by Anita Verma-Lallian, bought the 350 acres from the original property owners in two separate transactions, which were both filed in Pinal County on June 15. The group then sold the assembled property to its group of investors for $19.7 million, in another transaction filed on June 15.

Arizona Land Consulting originally bought approximately 187 undeveloped acres at Peters Road and Trekell Road from Victoria Kieffer for $8.04 million, according to a warranty deed. The land is currently being used for agricultural purposes.

In a separate transaction, Arizona Land Consulting bought about 160 acres of vacant agricultural land from Spike Ocotillo LLC for $7.2 million, according to a warranty deed.

“There isn’t much land left in Phoenix or Tucson, and Casa Grande is positioned to capture the growth from both cities,” Verma-Lallian said in a statement regarding the deal. “We’re going to see a lot more industrial development over the next few years, especially as Casa Grande continues to attract attention from manufacturers, semiconductor suppliers and construction material suppliers.”

The newly sold land is also near the 400-acre industrial park known as Barnes Farms Industrial Area near Peters and Burris roads where semiconductor suppliers Jing He and Air Products are setting up shop. It is also near the Pinal County Tech Park, a two-phase 1,064-acre rail-served park.

In a statement, Verma-Lallian said Casa Grande continues to be appealing to buyers and investors as land sales and prices have remained strong.

In May, Lucid Motors bought 120 acres adjustment to its existing facility in Casa Grande for $17.3 million, according to Pinal County records and real estate database Vizzda. The seller of that land was Arizona Land Consulting.

Arizona Land Consulting also recently purchased a 51-acre parcel near Lucid's plant and an additional 50 acres at the southeast corner of Pinal Avenue and Val Vista Boulevard.

Experts have also said that the low cost of land in Casa Grande compared to the Phoenix metro, regional infrastructure investments, transportation and proximity to the Valley are key reasons why companies are choosing Casa Grande. In the past six months, about a dozen industrial companies picked Casa Grande or were seriously considering the area.

Phoenix Business Journal reporter Audrey Jensen contributed to this report.

Editor's note: This report was updated to include the sale price to the group of investors.

Heavy Vehicle Truck Traffic Restricted on I-10 Phoenix, Casa Grande

By ADOTTo promote safety on a 20-mile segment of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande, the Arizona Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety is installing new signage that will restrict heavy vehicle truck traffic on this busy section of highway. Truck traffic will be restricted to the right lane only.The signs are an interim safety measure along the final two-lane stretch of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson that has yet to be widened to three lanes in each direction.This ...

By ADOT

To promote safety on a 20-mile segment of Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande, the Arizona Department of Transportation in collaboration with the Department of Public Safety is installing new signage that will restrict heavy vehicle truck traffic on this busy section of highway. Truck traffic will be restricted to the right lane only.

The signs are an interim safety measure along the final two-lane stretch of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson that has yet to be widened to three lanes in each direction.

This segment has safety concerns due to heavy traffic flow and truck traffic. The right-lane restriction for heavy vehicle truck traffic is intended to help reduce crashes, along with the resulting delays and closures due to these incidents.

Based on data for the area where the signs are being posted, heavy vehicles were involved in about 20 percent of crashes and 15 percent of rear-end and sideswipe crashes.

The signs are intended to be in place until an improvement project kicks off to widen this segment of I-10. The first step is expected in 2023 with the replacement of bridges that carry traffic over the Gila River, following required environmental review and clearance. Also, ADOT is working closely with the Gila River Indian Community and the Maricopa Association of Governments to secure federal funding, to add to committed state funding, for work that could be completed as early as 2026.

The signs restricting heavy vehicle truck traffic to the right lane only are similar to those that ADOT has employed elsewhere, including I-17 north of Black Canyon City. Sign installation began Monday and is expected to continue through this week.

ADOT has worked to coordinate the interim safety measure with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Trucking Association. As is the case with other traffic control measures, ADOT will closely monitor traffic operations now that the signs and right-lane restrictions are in place.

For more information about plans to widen I-10 between Phoenix and Casa Grande, please visit http://i10wildhorsepasscorridor.com/.

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