Luxury resort, convention center planned on former General Motors site

Posted By Mike Padgett

Sept. 3, 2008

A destination resort and a convention center are the key parts of a major redevelopment planned on the former GM Proving Grounds in Mesa by DMB Associates in Scottsdale and Gaylord Entertainment of Nashville, Tenn.

The proposal announced today includes DMB’s continued partnership with Westcor for retail planning on the property in east Mesa and DMB’s agreement for an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio.

Although details about the size and design of the resort and convention center have yet to be completed, the hotel likely will be the largest in Arizona, according to Drew Brown, DMB’s chief executive.

Also undetermined are the size of the retail component, which is to be designed by Westcor, and the timing for development.

Gaylord Entertainment CEO and Chairman Colin V. Reed said his company’s new property in east Mesa “will become one of the most sought-after tourist and business travel destinations in the United States and a top choice by meeting planners for conventions.”

Gaylord’s other properties include Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.; Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas-Fort Worth; and Gaylord National on the Potomac in Prince George’s County, Md., near Washington D.C.

Gaylord once planned a luxury resort on the south side of Tempe Town Lake.

DMB bought the property from General Motors in 2006. The land next to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is the largest remaining contiguous parcel within the core Mesa planning area.

“The airport is an essential part of the formula for creating the type of development this area is capable of supporting,” said John Bradley, DMB vice president.

Sep 3rd, 2008

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