Case Grande City Council unanimously approves theme park

Posted at 10:34 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 01:34:40-04

The Casa Grande City Council unanimously approved rezoning proposals and tax incentives for the Dreamport Villages Wednesday night.

The crowd gave a lot of feedback at the packed house meeting — most saying they stand behind the project because it brings job and opportunity to their home.

The developers with Block Sports Group proposed their plans, sectioning off big chunks of land near the junction of I-10 and I-8 for the 1,500 acre theme park that would have an indoor water park, extreme sports park, wildlife exhibit, restaurants, and resorts.

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"It would bring over 4,700 direct and indirect jobs as a result of the park and 2,800 employees in the park itself," said an official with Block Sports Group.

They also said it would create 9,000 construction jobs over the entire course of the project, which could last seven to 10 years to complete the entire plan.

Many audience members spoke at the podium supporting the plan. One woman even became emotional.

"I was thinking about my dad as I was coming up here," said the woman as she choked up. "He would be so happy to know that something like this was going in."

One man remained skeptical, saying he was not sure that it would be a success.

The developers also proposed a reimbursement of regional infrastructure over 20 years, using tax proceeds.

The council members expressed their support, saying they don't want people to leave Casa Grande to find work.

They unanimously approved the rezoning and tax incentives, saying it's the beginning of what could be a big game changer in the city and state.