Canadian Developer Plans Green-focused Office Building, Other Projects in Tempe

Article originally posted on Phoenix Business Journal on October 7, 2019

When Canadian business partners Sam Gordon and Kendal Harazny founded Wexford Developments in Calgary, the two were driven to “locate irreplaceable real estate in pedestrian-friendly, urban areas.”

One Valley area fits that description.

“Downtown Tempe really resonated with me personally,” Gordon said.

Since his first visit to the Phoenix area, Wexford has bought seven properties on or near Mill Avenue, including both income-producing buildings with tenants secured and development sites.

Gordon said Mill Avenue is one of the “most beautiful streets in the state.”

“Really from day one we took the position of, we want to really contribute to the community,” he said. “We want to build and own projects that make sense, that pay deference and respect to the history of the place.”

Wexford is preparing to break ground during the first half of 2020 on First and Farmer, an office building that will include 120,000 square feet of office space with some ground-floor retail in the four-story building, east of Mill on Farmer Avenue. Architekton is the project’s architect. The company bought the land in 2017 for $2.9 million.

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An artist's rendering shows the First and Farmer building, which will feature landscaping and native plants on the ground level and incorporated throughout the exterior of the building.