Tempe seeking public input on entertainment district that would include Coyotes arena

Oct 11, 2022, 3:00 PM
(Courtesy Arizona Coyotes)...
(Courtesy Arizona Coyotes)
(Courtesy Arizona Coyotes)

PHOENIX — Tempe is offering up several public input opportunities on a proposed entertainment district that would include an arena for the Arizona Coyotes.

The city will host a meeting with Bluebird Development, LLC, an affiliate of Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo, on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Canopy by Hilton located at 108 E. University Dr.

Next, a development review commission will have a meeting Nov. 15 at the Tempe City Council chambers.

Tempe will then have two public hearings in November.

The first will be Nov. 22 and the second will be Nov. 29, with both scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers.

Talks between Tempe and the Coyotes have been ongoing, with City Council voting 5-2 in June to enter negotiations with Bluebird Development for the new arena and district.

A “yes” vote didn’t cement the Coyotes’ arena at the location on Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway.

It did advance talks between the city and team to move forward with planning a hockey arena, as well as hotels, offices, retail and residential spaces.

Opposition to the project has come recently from Phoenix’s aviation department and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

They sent Tempe residents a mailer urging them to act against a decision that would lead to a domino effect of flight path changes.

They said the district would force planes to be sent over homes previously out of the current flight path.

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Tempe seeking public input on entertainment district that would include Coyotes arena