Gilbert scraps plans for USA BMX headquarters

GILBERT, AZ - The City of Gilbert has decided not to move forward with potential plans to build a training facility and headquarters for USA BMX.

Dana Berchman, chief digital officer for Gilbert, said the town would like to focus on other elements of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

"Although a BMX facility is a part of the Master Plan, and would bring substantial recreational, economic and tourism benefits to the community, we believe there are other parks-related needs that require our attention first," said Mayor John Lewis in an emailed press release.

Under the proposed agreement with USA BMX, the Town of Gilbert would foot a majority of the $20 million BMX training and racing complex, which would be located near the intersection of Greenfield and Germann roads in Gilbert.

Other buildings under the proposal would include a BMX arena, training facilities, a Hall of Fame and museum, a bike park and the headquarters.

A public meeting was held earlier this month where members of the public brought up concerns about economic impact, noise and traffic.

The Mayor said once other projects are addressed, he's open to revisiting the potential project in the future.

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