Jim Keeley with Colliers International releases Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2030 Report

Real estate recovery brought renovation and redevelopment

Phoenix, March 18, 2019 – Colliers International in Arizona released its Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2030 Report, which highlights market conditions and predictions for the popular Scottsdale Airpark submarket. The area is experiencing more mixed-use development, as well as significant renovation and redevelopment of its valuable property.

“The Scottsdale Airpark still has some runway left in this post-recession cycle,” said Jim Keeley, SIOR, CCIM, founding partner of the Scottsdale office of Colliers in Arizona. “The development community has demonstrated restraint during the past 10 years, avoiding an overbuilt situation during this strong cycle. Much of the investment dollars in this submarket have been applied to refurbishing, re-purposing and tearing down obsolete buildings for future development.”

Some of these renovated and re-purposed projects include YAM Circle, a new 17,800-square-foot shopping center at the corner of Hayden Road and Northsight Boulevard. This replaces the torn-down former Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale site that was vacated when Harley-Davidson built the world’s largest dealership across the street in 2015. Texas-based At Home purchased and is redeveloping the former Sam’s Club on the east side of the Scottsdale Airport. Adjacent to this new At Home store will be a repurposed 13.1-acre site. This former Whole Foods & Sports Chalet site will soon be home to a mixture of apartments, self-storage, retail and restaurants.

Keeley points out in the report that mixed-use developments have become a focal point of commercial real estate throughout the nation. The success of Kierland and the Scottsdale Quarter has been impressive. People are interested in destinations that draw residents, tenants, visitors and patrons to a pedestrian-friendly community where you can “live, work & play.” 

“The Greater Scottsdale Airpark, in general, has been one large mixed-use development, with the addition of a large number of apartments and condominiums,” said Keeley. “The Scottsdale Airport and its new $27 million Aviation Business Center make this submarket one of the best business districts in the Southwest United States.”

Scottsdale Airpark attracted some big deals in the last year. Nationwide Insurance Company purchased 134 acres at Loop 101/Hayden Road to build a 950,000-square-foot, mixed-use project. The first phase will include 460,000 square feet of regional headquarters, restaurants and a hotel.
During the fourth quarter of 2018, Airobotics, a dynamic Israeli drone company, opened its U.S. headquarters on Raintree Boulevard. Finally, Scottsdale-based Ammo Incorporated has continued its nationwide expansion within the sporting industry. The company has turned its focus to the defence munitions sector with the acquisition of SW Kenetics.

Keeley predicts that 2019 will bring ground-breaking of one or two additional mixed-use projects in the Greater Scottsdale Airpark. Properties will be sold on the investment market as current owners work to capitalize on the strong, current cycle. He forecasts higher occupancy in all building sectors and rising rental rates.

The report, which was started in 1981 and named the 2010 Report, has been a fixture in commercial real estate reporting for the Greater Scottsdale Airpark. In that base year of 1981, the submarket had 3,320 employees, 1.58 million square feet of buildings and 268 companies.  Today, the Airpark has approximately 59,132 employees, 43,887,549 square feet of space and approximately 3,233 companies.

As Keeley looks forward, he envisions the year 2030 will offer a Scottsdale Airpark that employs 82,000 people in 53 million square feet of office, flex, industrial, medical, retail, multifamily, hotels and car dealership properties. By that date, he estimates the area will be home to 4,100 companies.

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Jim Keeley

Founding Partner


As the Founding Partner of Colliers International’s Scottsdale office and Senior Executive Vice President for Colliers International in Arizona, I lead the Scottsdale office and serve as its designated broker. Considered one of the leading commercial real estate experts in the Deer Valley and Loop 101 Employment Base and the Scottsdale Airpark, I specialize in the sale and leasing of office, industrial and flex buildings, land, and aviation properties.

I have completed countless sales of office and industrial buildings to both investors and users. I serve as a broker and advisor to developers and users in the purchase, sale, and lot layout of business, office and industrial land subdivisions. I also consult with and negotiate on behalf of owners, users and developers on build-to-suits.

With more than 35 years of industry experience as a sales leader, developer and real estate consultant, I have developed and owned office and industrial buildings, aviation hangars, convenience markets, and lot subdivisions.

I embrace the full-service “Cradle to Grave” approach to commercial real estate:

  • Step 1 – Identifying the site and negotiating the purchase on behalf of the client
  • Step 2 – Using a team approach to lease up the property on behalf of the investor, developer and user
  • Step 3 – Selling the asset at the highest value in the shortest amount of time on behalf of the owner

I began working in the Scottsdale Airpark in 1981, and founded Classic Real Estate Corporation in 1983. In 1998, I sold 50 percent interest in Classic to Colliers International to expand its commercial real estate presence into the Loop 101 Employment Base (Scottsdale Airpark, Desert Ridge, and Deer Valley).

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