Bill Gates plans to build world's first-ever 'smart city' in Arizona

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

The enormously successful founder of Microsoft has purchased approximately 24,800 acres of land in Arizona, approximately 45 minutes away from Phoenix, with the express objective of building a "smart city" that will be designed and built from the start with modern technological needs in mind.

Belmont Partners, an Arizona-based company which Gates owns via his investment group Cascade Investment LLC, bought the land.

Belmont, Arizona, which will house around 160,000 people in 80,000 homes, will embrace "cutting-edge technology" throughout the city, which is to be built on a desert area now occupied by just a few dozen people.

If you go 45 minutes west of Arizona, you'll see huge swathes of empty land in the West Valley. "Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model", the company said.

The Belmont Partners stated that, in integration to 80,000 residential units, the new city of tomorrow will gain 3,800 for office, and commercial and retail space and also 470 acres for building public schools.

Bill Gates the world's wealthiest man has initiated to lay plans relating the making of a "smart city" for people to assimilate new technologies into their lifestyles.

It will be situated along the projected path of the not yet constructed I-11, which runs all the way from Las Vegas to Mexico.

The community by Belmont is to be designed around autonomous vehicles, high-speed networks, data centers, digital networks, the latest manufacturing technologies as well as autonomous logistics hubs.

So far, it's unclear when construction will start and if Microsoft will open up an office inside the new town. Only time will tell if Gates' city will be an inclusive, holistically planned community, or just a test ground for Microsoft products.

According to Ronald Schott, executive emeritus at the Arizona Technology Council, known for innovation, Bill Gates has indeed picked a "good spot".

"Belmont is an incredible opportunity for the state of Arizona", Grady Gammage, Jr., an attorney representing Belmont Partners, said in a statement.

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