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Lucid Motors plans to build a manufacturing plant on this 500-plus-acre site on Casa Grande's west side near Thornton and Peters roads.

ELOY — Lucid Motors has submitted its site plan to the Casa Grande Planning and Development office for review, according to Casa Grande Economic Development Director Richard Wilkie.

Wilkie made the announcement Thursday at a meeting of the Economic Development Group of Eloy.

Wilkie said he expects the company to break ground before the end of the year, although some grading work already has been done at the site on the western edge of the city.

He also still has some hope for the PhoenixMart and Dreamport Villages projects.

PhoenixMart was planned as a 1.5-million-square-foot wholesale center that was slated to hold more than 1,800 showrooms where businesses could showcase and sell their products. The project was announced in 2011 and was supposed to bring in around 8,000 jobs and a payroll of more than $300 million.

Construction on the project was supposed to be completed by the end of 2018 but it has faced several setbacks including project management changes and an FBI investigation.

Dreamport was proposed as a 1,500-acre project south of Interstate 8 that included an extreme sports complex, amusement park, retail shops, a resort and residential housing. It was announced in March 2017 and slated to be completed in 10 years, but the project has stalled.

Wilkie said the company behind Dreamport is still struggling to find funding for the grand project.

However, Wilkie still believes Dreamport and PhoenixMart are good projects in good locations, he said.

“I believe they both can work,” Wilkie said.

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