Coyotes’ proposed arena, entertainment district likely to go before Tempe voters – PHNX

by | Oct 30, 2022 | Entertainment

Coyotes president and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez told reporters on Thursday that the Tempe City Council will vote on the team’s proposed arena and entertainment district on Nov. 29, but sources told PHNX that the council is also likely to refer the proposal to referendum in November, leaving the vote in the hands of Tempe citizens.

While the vote on Nov. 29 will provide clarity on council’s opinion of the Coyotes’ proposal — on the entitlements and on the general plan amendment — a referendum would be the ultimate vote in determining whether the project begins. That vote would be held in 2023 at a date yet to be determined.

There is also the potential for litigation from any number of parties, including Sky Harbor International Airport, the City of Phoenix, the Goldwater Institute or local citizens groups.

Any one of those could delay the construction timeline of the project while both sides await the verdict from citizens. There are two construction timelines to consider: the actual construction timeline of the project once shovels are in the ground, and the clean-up of the 46-acre site which has been used as a city dump along the south bank of the Salt River just east of Priest Drive.

Article Attribution | Read More at Article Source

Share This