GILBERT, AZ - Gilbert residents voiced their opinions Tuesday night in front of city officials about a potential partnership with USA BMX which would result in building an arena and museum among other facilities.
USA BMX is looking to build a 20-thousand square foot facility including a covered BMX arena, training facilities, a BMX Hall of Fame and museum, a bike park and the USA BMX headquarters.
Under the proposed agreement, 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.
Gilbert officials gave a presentation to discuss costs, funding, location, traffic concerns and economic impact potential.
The crowd seems pretty split: some see BMX facility in Gilbert as an economic benefit. Others think it will lose money, bother locals.— Lauren Vargas (@LaurenABC15) April 9, 2014
"This partnership will enhance Gilbert's tourism and economic development efforts," said Economic Development Director Dan Henderson in an emailed statement. "The project's potential location will provide greater opportunities for visitors to spend their dollars here in Gilbert."
Several people in the crowd addressed concerns for the complex, ranging from a questionable economic impact, to traffic and noise concerns.
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.
ABC15 is told the city council vote could happen as early as next month, although several other location are also being considered for the BMX complex.