10/7 Update on Cubs spring complex
The Mesa City Council had been scheduled to vote this week on a series of agreements governing the Cubs’ new Spring Training baseball complex to be built on what is now Riverview Golf Course. According to the Arizona Republic,¬†city official Scot Rigby said they weren’t ready, and the vote has been postponed. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and the city council want the public to see the documents in advance of the council’s vote. A draft is at mesaaz.gov (click on “Build a Better Mesa”). Two parts of the agreement are missing: one is a facilities use agreement and the other is an option agreement. The first governs the relationship between Mesa and the Cubs after the baseball facilities are built. The second gives the Cubs dibs on developing city-owned land within the complex for an entertainment and shopping district. Last year, Mesa voters agreed to let the city spend up to $84 million for the baseball complex and $15 million for infrastructure. The earliest the council could vote now is Oct. 17. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for January.
– Carrie Muskat