The Community Resource Center is also slated to be built by Surprise and Maricopa County.

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Surprise Town is making a major investment in the vitality and well-being of the West Valley with plans to build a multi-generational community resource center in partnership with Maricopa County.

On April 5, the surprise City Council voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million construction project. On April 6, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the IGA as well, committing $18 million of its U.S. federal bailout (ARPA) funding to the project. The city is committing $8 million from a combination of city APRA funds and general fund dollars.

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This partnership will create an approximately 38,000 square foot center on City-owned land within the historic site of the original town of Surprise. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging buildings in the city, including the Surprise Resource Center, the Hollyhock Library and the Surprise Senior Center.

“This is an incredible project that will truly serve the well-being of our local community in new and expanded ways,” said Mayor Surprise Skip Hall. “Currently, we are turning down program and partner opportunities due to our lack of space. This opportunity is the perfect fit.

“We know that as the West Valley grows, we need to expand the resources available to families,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, who represents Surprise and the rest of District 4. “This multi-generational community center ensures that no resident is left behind meeting the needs of youth, adults and seniors in one convenient location. I appreciate the partnership that has made this project possible.

The new Community Resource Center will expand vital community programs that serve Surprise, the Sun Cities, El Mirage, Youngtown and unincorporated Maricopa County. This will allow the county and city to expand health and wellness, workforce development, and housing and homelessness assistance; while providing senior services, library services, veterans services, and after-school and summer youth programs.

The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive. It is the perfect complement to the investment and growth already existing in the area, which includes a youth ball diamond, leisure center and municipal swimming pool, as well as the ongoing development of serviced family housing. Maricopa County support and planned development of affordable senior housing.

The new campus will be built on ready-to-use land and is expected to be completed by 2025.

Learn more about surpriseaz.gov/MCRC.

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