Voters approve Cubs spring facility
MESA, Ariz. -- Voters in Mesa have approved funding for construction of a new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs.
More than 63 percent of the ballots supported Mesa Proposition 420.
"In a show of tremendous support in a particularly difficult economy, Mesa voters recognized the potential of partnering with the Chicago Cubs on an economic investment and future we can, together, create for the city," Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "Our public-private partnership means jobs for Mesa, tourism dollars for the city and the region, and will drive private investment in Mesa and in the development of Wrigleyville West."
The city will provide up to $99 million for the complex two miles southwest of the team's current facility at HoHoKam Park, with $84 million going to the construction of the facility and $15 million for infrastructure.
The Cubs will remain at HoHoKam Park until 2013, the year the new facility is expected to be ready.
Any additional funds and upkeep of the new park will be financed by the Cubs, who plan to develop a shopping and entertainment area near the ballpark.
The team, which has led the Cactus League in attendance for 13 of the past 15 years, has trained in Mesa since 1979 and had an earlier presence in the city from 1952 to 1965.
Mesa's funding will come, in large part, from the sale of undeveloped city land.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine was used in this report.
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