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Arizona Proposes First of its Kind Food Innovation Center

A former trash dump in Phoenix is on track to become a food innovation center that will include a farmer's market, a food distribution center and education about food to the community. It will be the first time in 40 years since there was activity at the city-owned Del Rio landfill site.

The Arizona Fresh Agri-Food Innovation Center is expected to roll out in four phases. The first phase is expected to open to the public in the summer or fall of 2022.

“The concepts for the redevelopment of the site will result in the launch of what we think will be a national leader in food innovation,” said Todd Hardy, co-manager of Arizona Fresh. “And we’re surrounding that with areas for the community.”

The facility is projected to bring in an estimated $848.6 million in economic activity in the region.

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