GLENDALE, AZ - The Westgate development sits on the western edge of Glendale and right now, it also sits on the edge of uncertainty.
The large shopping and entertainment district opened in 2006 and brings $8,000,000 in sales tax revenue to Glendale each year, but uncertainty hangs above the desert oasis like a monsoon storm.
While you probably know a deal has been reached with the NHL and Glendale officials to sell the team to a group of investors, opponents of the move are launching a petition to put the decision on the ballot and in the hands of voters.
Should the group collect 1,800 signatures, the decision to approve the team's sale will go to voters.
If they vote the decision down, the team could potentially leave town.
That would be a major check into the glass so to speak for Westgate.
Meanwhile across the street at University of Phoenix Stadium, the future of the Fiesta Bowl is very much in question.
The game brings a $350,000,000 boost to the local economy, but a new college playoff system may put an end to that.
Beginning in 2014, venues will compete to host a championship game.
That means the Fiesta Bowl will no longer be an annual certainty.
That's not great news for Westgate and the West Valley in general.
However, a new shopping complex scheduled to open in November may help.
The Tanger Outlets mall boasts 85 name-brand outlets.
The complex is expected to create 900 jobs and bring an extra $2.5 million to the area.
It's not enough to make up for the potential exit of the Coyotes or the Fiesta Bowl, it may do a lot to keep foot traffic and dollars flowing in Westgate. What do you think?
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