City Plans to Use AFRL’s Mesa Site as Tech Center
In a bid to preserve some of the high-tech workforce at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) site in Mesa, Ariz., the city of Mesa has signed a two-year lease to retain the facility as a science and technology research center focusing on aerospace and defense.
The city has three one-year options to lease the lab after the first term ends, but it is trying to acquire the site from the Air Force by then, reported the Phoenix Business Journal. Keeping the lab, slated to close under BRAC, would bolster the city’s goal of buildings its aerospace employment. Leasing the facility would allow contractors housed there to work on classified projects.
The lab is the last vestige of Williams Air Force Base, which closed in 1993 as a result of BRAC 1991.