A Guide to what’s new and Under Construction in Phoenix and Other Valley Cities Article originally posted on AZ Central on June 5, 2021 As Arizona’s economy rebounds from the pandemic, the state’s population is growing, jobs are being created and travel and tourism are coming back. The state could soon recoup all of the jobs lost in last year’s recession, with no housing bubble on the horizon despite rising home prices and tight supplies, Arizona State University forecasters say. Cities and towns in metro Phoenix are filled with new projects and developments, from a massive semiconductor factory planned in north Phoenix to “micro estates” under construction in Tempe. You also might want to know what has been demolished in the past decade. Find a partial list below. — Carrie Watters, city editor Phoenix and Scottsdale Massive semiconductor factory: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is buying a large tract of undeveloped state land in north Phoenix to build a multibillion-dollar semiconductor factory. The factory will anchor a massive new industrial park across from Ben Avery Shooting Facility in the mostly undeveloped area between Norterra and Anthem. The factory is expected to open in 2024 and employ 1,600 workers. Scottsdale’s plan for growth: Scottsdale voters will be deciding on a plan for growth, from how people travel around the city to how tall and close buildings can be. Here’s what could be on the ballot this fall. Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert Tempe ‘micro estates’: This community of small homes, known as Tempe Micro Estates, could help address the issue of affordable housing in Tempe. The project, which is being built by a Tempe-based nonprofit, will include 13 homes. They are slated for completion in late summer. Tempe streetcar line: Work on Tempe’s $200 million streetcar line is in the final stretch as Valley Metro tests vehicles and trains drivers. The 3-mile route travels through downtown Tempe, Arizona State University and surrounding neighborhoods. The line is scheduled to begin operating in late 2021. Apache Boulevard makeover continues: Work is set to start later this summer on five lots along a stretch of Apache Boulevard in Tempe that will be transformed into affordable housing. Here’s a look at the work and what’s planned at the sites. Tempe annexes land, plans apartments: Tempe residents and city officials hope a recently approved apartment complex north of Loop 202 could jumpstart redevelopment on a county island that now features by a strip club, a pawnshop and scrap-metal shops. Developers plan to transform the land into a market-rate apartment complex. Transforming downtown Mesa: Hundreds of apartment units are under construction or coming soon in downtown Mesa, which could help bring the missing ingredient to help transform the area into the innovative and busy urban core city leaders have long envisioned: More people. Here’s where nine new projects stand. Glendale and Peoria Battle over downtown bungalows: A coalition of residents and business owners in Glendale’s Catlin Court says too many of the area’s historic bungalows are being used for homes or office space instead of the specialty shops that created the area’s charm and brought in shoppers. They are suing the city. Children’s hospital comes to Glendale: Phoenix Children’s Hospital plans to expand west with a three-story hospital in Glendale. It is expected to break ground this summer and open in spring 2024. The hospital will have operating rooms, emergency bays and trauma rooms and a 45,000 square-foot office building for specialty services such as orthopedics, neurology, cardiology and oncology. It will be located on the north end of the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. Stadium Point project: Peoria offered up a steep subsidy to move forward with a $510 million project to further develop its P83 entertainment district with apartments or condominiums, a full-service hotel and office space. The project will take shape on 17 acres of city-owned land near the spring training home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. Regional hospital under construction: Peoria is getting its first full-service hospital nearly a decade after construction of an earlier hospital began, ran out of money and stood as a partially built skeletal framework for years. Peoria Regional Hospital is scheduled to open in late 2022. It’s on the same site as the old eyesore. Goodyear, Buckeye, Surprise Goodyear civic square: City officials in the southwest Valley suburb of Goodyear are banking on their new Civic Square project. The $87.7 million development at McDowell Road and 150th Drive will start with a new city hall, public library and two-acre grass park. The rest of the vacant land will be left for future restaurants, entertainment retailers and apartments, townhomes or condominiums. They’re calling it “the future heart of Goodyear.” A new perspective on Buckeye: The city’s new mayor represents a wave of newer residents enticed by the area’s growing number of master-planned communities with resort-style living. But he’s keenly aware of the need to build a sense of identity and connection for residents of the city as a whole. Food and fun in Surprise: The northwest Valley city soon will have more choices for where to eat, drink and … throw an ax as it continues to grow its amenities. Here’s a look at the latest planned openings. Razed in metro Phoenix Gone but not forgotten: The 103-year-old Edwards Hotel was just the latest metro Phoenix building to meet the wrecking ball in the last decade.