Giant State Farm Center on TTL

It’s happening: an enormous building project on the south shore of Tempe Town Lake, the biggest building project in the history of Arizona in fact.

Here’s the story in the Business Journal and another in the Arizona Republic.

state farm logo 315 304After years with no development at the lake during the weak economy, State Farm insurance will open this gargantuan complex, some 1.9 million square feet plus some 40,000 square feet of retail space.

Heidi Kimball, Sunbelt Holdings vice president, said construction would start as soon as the development partners can get their building permits approved and State Farm plans to move in during 2017. She says Marina Heights will include five buildings of four to 18 stories with two levels of underground parking.

Great for the Tempe economy, but the biggest question of all, of course, is how this will affect sailing. More interruption of the already-twisty wind can not be a good thing.