The site emerged as a favorite after a study indicated it would be the best site in Mesa to support retail -- a key component for the Cubs, who envision a Wrigleyville of shops and restaurants anchoring the site. Baseball-fan considerations, like access and local amenities, were not part of the evaluation process: this site was chosen because of non-baseball factors. The site's availability was in question because a water-park developer had development rights to the property, but yesterday the developer backed down on his need for the entire 125-acre Mesa-owned property.
Mesa voters will go to the polls on Nov. 2 to decide on two questions that will lead to public funding of the complex.
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