Arizona Coyotes’ entertainment district is a raw deal for Tempe

In my five years in public office, the people of Tempe have not asked for an entertainment district.

They have been crying out for housing, elder care, child care and jobs. They called for fully funded schools and solutions to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

The entertainment district offered by the Arizona Coyotes in Tempe answers only one of these demands – employment – and very partially to that. The city council should abandon the whole project.

In promotional materials, the hockey team talks about its $1.7 billion “Manica” neighborhood at Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive in seductive terms that describe a luxurious “one-stop destination” that would create jobs and generate income. net new taxes.

They brag about taxes but want years of free rides

The Arizona Coyotes arena and entertainment district is offered on 46 acres near Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive.

But take a closer look at their business scheme and it turns out that it’s not at all desirable for the current residents of Tempe. This would essentially involve giving a proven bad economic actor – the current owner of the Coyotes – generous tax giveaways and thereby depriving our city of additional funds for the much-needed services mentioned above.

The beleaguered NHL team promises to turn a 46-acre city-owned site into a “regional landmark” that would include a multi-purpose arena (the team’s future home), a concert hall, retail retail and “upscale” offices, more than 1,600 residential units, and “boutique” and “convention” hotels.

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