On April 9, 2013 there was a court hearing in Phoenix on the issue of the proposed Tohono O’odham casino. From the reporting that has occurred Judge Campbell’s mind appears to be made up and it does not bode well for the State, the Gila River tribe or Glendale. Today I begin a series on the proposed Tohono O’odham casino. It’s proposed location is in a County island within the borders of Glendale, Arizona. We’ll look at geography and where the proposed casino sits in relation to other sites within Glendale. I created this map. It is not to scale but it does demonstrate the relative position of other, established development to the proposed casino site. Unfortunately, this site does not allow for a larger image. If you would like to see a larger version, email clarkjv@aol.com and I will send it to you as a jpg. file.

Casino Map LARGE JPG Ap 9 2013Perhaps the most important piece of geographical information is that the proposed casino will be approximately less than a 1/2 mile north of the Westgate site and Jobing.com arena. Another piece of the puzzle is the number of homes nearby:

There are 4 high density residential sites. Two of them are near Cabelas, directly south of and adjacent to the proposed casino site, for a total of approximately 800 units. The two other high density sites are in Westgate and are another approximately 800 units.

Now, add to those 1600 apartment units, these nearby residential communities: ProvenanceProvenance (across 91st Avenue and within 1/4 mile) with 120 homes; Rovey Farm Estates (across 91st Avenue and witin 1/4 mile) with 800+ homes; Broadway (within a mile) with 60+ homes; Pendergast Estates (within a mile) with 60+ homes; and Desert Mirage/La Buena Vida (within a mile) with 1200+ homes. That’s a total of 3,840 residential units in close proximity to the proposed casino. The recognized multiplier of residents per home is 2.5. Multiply those units by 2.5 persons per unit and that equates to 9,600 or almost 10,000 people living in very closeRoveyFarmEstates proximity to the proposed casino.

Centrada Norte

Centrada Norte

In addition to existent development in the area there are many future developments that have already been approved by Glendale City Council. These developments would add more hotels, more commercial and some additional residential units to the area. Some of these approved projects are: Centrada Norte, Bella Villagio, Sportsman’s Park East/Sportsman’s Park West, and Zanjero – all within a quarter of a mile to a mile away). By no means is this a complete list.

Kellis HS

Kellis HS

There is also a Peoria district high school. Raymond Kellis, directly east and across 91st Avenue from the proposed casino. The Peoria district also owns land to the east of the high school that has been planned for a number of years to beome an elementary school.

To recap, the proposed casino would impact nearly 10,000 people, a high school, Westgate and all future development of the area.

Next up…how did the Tohono O’odham get the land?

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