Yourland Update – the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
We are extremely pleased to announce that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Yourland have completed a 50,000 SF lease.
USCIS is the government agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States of America. It is where people go to become, and to be sworn in as, U.S. citizens.
Last year, the Phoenix USCIS office swore in 24,000 new citizens from around the world in multiple locations throughout the Valley. Just a few weeks ago, in one ceremony, 2,179 candidates – coming from 117 countries, 11 in active military duty – were sworn in. Robert Orkin, the district director of the Phoenix USCIS office: “Welcoming new citizens is one of the most important things we do as a country”. It is an extremely moving ceremony and atmosphere; one senses a deep and stirring meaning.
We can’t wait to serve these new citizens (and of course the USCIS staff!) freshly baked apple pie at the Yourland Welcome Diner, as well as share their stories on the planned outdoor media screen!
We now have an anchor use in place that ideally complements all of our hopes and inspirations. In fact, it speaks directly to Yourland’s announcement letter over two years ago: “We hope to represent food, clothing, media, art, entrepreneurship, education, corporate and small business culture, building services, business services, citizenship and faith. In short, a representation and experience of life.”
Nationally, USCIS has mandated that 36 of their offices throughout the country either be replaced or renovated. At Yourland, USCIS required the space to be LEED Certified, a requirement completely in alignment with our development values and planning. They are committed to a high level of design and, as they have done in their other new spaces, art is prominently showcased as a major component to the space.
Martha + Mary is thrilled to share this news with you; we simply cannot imagine a better anchor tenant to complement the local and global mission of Yourland!
We will soon be establishing construction and opening schedules over the next weeks and months. Stay tuned.
Thank you for your continued support! Yourland would not be becoming a reality without you.