Bill Gates plans to build a smart city in Arizona desert

Bill Gates Is Creating His Own “Futuristic Smart City”

The city would be founded in Phoenix-Arizona, comprising of a land area around twenty-four thousand eight hundred acres.

Of the 25,000 acres, 3,800 will be used for office, retail, and commercial space.

The investment firm of Gates the "LLC" paid $80 million for a brand new development of future high tech smart city in the Far West Valley.

What is not clear is how much Gates, who is the owner of Belmont's parent business Cascade Investments, is going to be involved with in the buildout. Roughly 3,400 acres of land will remain open and unfilled.

The area is now completely undeveloped-it's now desert wasteland - but the convenience of this is that everything can be built from scratch, and laid out in as convenient a fashion as possible, so that traffic can be carefully controlled, neighborhoods can be given plenty of space, and even crime can be kept low through city planning techniques to discourage untoward activity. Belmont is planned to span 25,000 acres with space for 80,000 residential units.

Mr Gates' goal is to create a smart city called Belmont on the almost 25,000 acres of land.

Belmont Partners, a real investment group based in Arizona leads the project and said it would be similar to the size of Tempe, Arizona, which is nearby, and has a population of approximately 182,000.

Arizona, which neighbours California, home to tech hub Silicon Valley, has always been trying to become the go-to place for innovative technology companies. Several major companies in the driverless vehicle industry such as, Waymo, Uber and Intel, are testing their innovations in the state.

"Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs", said Belmont Partners, reports KPNX. The high-tech smart city would take advantage of the proposed I-11 freeway which will pass through Belmont and connect to Las Vegas. "He's coming to Arizona", Schott said.

It didn't offer many other details, such as when construction would start or if Microsoft will build an office there.

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