The City of Tempe will negotiate with proponents of professional sports entertainment development on city land, a process that is expected to take several months.
If negotiations are successful, a development agreement will be drafted and there will be a robust process of public participation in public meetings before a city council vote.
City Council voted Thursday to move negotiations forward, with Mayor Corey Woods, Deputy Mayor Randy Keating and Council Members Jennifer AdamsRobin Arredondo-Savage and Joel Navarro vote yes and Council Members lauren Kuby and Doreen Garlid vote no. The June 2 vote is not the final approval of the project itself; rather, it is a step in the process.
Tempe has issued a request for proposals (Tender) for a professional sports entertainment district on July 22, 2021. A proposal, by the Meruelo Group and the Arizona Coyotes through their subsidiary, Bluebird Development, LLC., was received on September 2, 2021. Since then, city staff members have been analyzing the proposal with the assistance of sports consultants , legal and financial as part of its intensive due diligence process.
Now the proposal to build a professional hockey arena, hotels, offices, retail and residences on 46 acres of municipal land will move to a formal negotiation phase. This will include exploring the costs of infrastructure needs, taxation allowancestraffic analysis, security and more, as well as working with Phoenix Sky port International Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Before voting, the municipal council heard the presentations of the Tender Respondent and Phoenix Sky port International airport. Council Members also heard from over 250 people through in-person and virtual appearances as well as pre-submitted comment cards. For the first time, Council members were able to ask the respondent questions about the proposed development.
On Friday, video of the meeting was processed for viewing at tempe.gov/tempe11 — click “City Council Meetings” at the bottom of the page. It is also available at youtube.com/Tempe11Video.
The city will continue to keep all information updated at tempe.gov/PriestRFP.