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1,500 acre Dreamport Villages for Arizona gets go-ahead

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Case Grande City Council has approved plans for Dreamport Villages – the ambitious development that will include a theme park, a waterpark, an extreme sports park, and resorts.

The developer, Block Sports Group, plans to build Dreamport Villages on a 1,500 acre site between Interstate 8 and Interstate 10, an hour outside Phoenix, Arizona.

Phase I of the project is set to include a 100,000 square-foot indoor waterpark. 40,000 square metres will be given over to a restaurant, meeting and entertainment area, alongside a 300 room hotel.

The proposed wildlife experience park will also have its own 300-room hotel.  Then there will be an extreme motor sports park and adventure zone arcade.

Also planned for Phase I are a welcome centre; a 210,000 square foot retail and office mixed-use zone; a 300-space RV park; 250,000 square feet of third party retail and a 200 room extended stay hotel. Ten full-service pad sites are also included in the proposal.

In Phase II the family coaster park will be developed. The wildlife experience park will be expanded, and a further 300 room hotel will be built. An outdoor waterpark will be constructed, along with an additional hotel.  A movie studio and ski-snow park will be built.  In addition, there will be a movie studio and an event centre which will include bowling, a cinema, interactive sports zone, food court, restaurant, and convention space.

Accommodation is ramped up too, with a further 200 room extended stay hotel and 1,200 additional full-service hotel rooms.  30 full-service restaurant pads will cater for food and beverage needs.

Dreamport Villages will also encompass a full-time community.  Phase II will see the construction of a 600-unit timeshare condominium development and 200 single family homes.

On top of this there will be 750,000 square feet of retail space and a 300,000 square foot office tower.

The developers say the project stands to attract more than four million visitors per year.

It would also revitalise the local economy, creating more than 15,000 jobs into the area. “It would bring over 4,700 direct and indirect jobs as a result of the park and 2,800 employees in the park itself,” says Block Sports Group.

The overall build could last between seven to ten years, creating 9,000 construction jobs.

The developers have proposed using tax proceeds for a reimbursement of regional infrastructure over 20 years.

Council members unanimously approved the rezoning and tax incentives. They said it was the “beginning of what could be a big game changer in the city and state”.

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