GILBERT, AZ - Will it bring Olympians and new developments, or too much noise and traffic? That's the question Gilbert residents will have to answer before signing off on a proposed new BMX headquarters.
USA BMX wants to build a $20 million BMX training and racing complex near the intersection of Greenfield and Germann roads in Gilbert.
BMX officials said the new facility would include an Olympic training track, a 20,000 square foot corporate headquarters, a BMX Hall of Fame, and a 4,000 seat covered arena.
"It truly will cover every space available. Our goal is to teach more kids how to ride bicycles at this venue than at any other place in the world," said BMX Chief Operating Officer John David during a meeting with Gilbert town officials and residents.
USA BMX said the facility would play host to about 50 competitions and 100 practice days a year.
Training facilities will also be open to athletes looking to train for the new Olympic sport of BMX racing.
"This is where the best BMX racing in the world is going to be. And what we are going to see is Olympians literally move to the town of Gilbert to have access to this facility," said David.
Town of Gilbert officials said the new facility could be used by more casual riders.
As part of the agreement, town residents would get a free membership to USA BMX, discounted use of the track and free access to the park.
There are some concerns about traffic and noise though.
Right now the area where the facility would be built is a farm field largely devoid of traffic. During a meeting in March, Gilbert town officials told residents that with potentially thousands of athletes and spectators coming into the area. There is almost no way to avoid traffic and noise concerns.
"As this translates down into a residential component I will be the first one to tell you that there is an impact to traffic. There will be an increase to traffic. There are no silver bullets when it comes to mitigating traffic impacts but we think by working together we can begin to identify what those issues are," said Dan Henderson with the Town of Gilbert.
In order to discuss some of the issues with community members, Gilbert is hosting an informational meeting from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Town Hall is located at 50 E. Civic Center Dr. in Gilbert.