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Interstate 10 can be seen behind the Campground Buena Tierra sign along Interstate 8, near where Dreamport Villages was proposed.

CASA GRANDE – Dreamport Villages may be dissolving into the desert.

In a letter to the city Planning and Development Director, Casa Grande Mountain Ranch Limited Partnership, states that it plans to restore the zoning on the 576.8 acres of property it had set aside for the Dreamport project.

However the broker for the land owner says that developers continue to work on making the proposed amusement park a reality.

"Dreamport has informed me they continue to make progress with developing a theme park," Michael Chasse, designated broker for Strategic Assets Group, told PinalCentral in an email Friday. "As you can imagine there are several moving parts to get this done, which at this point is confidential."

The letter on the zoning change was included as part of a discussion topic for Monday night’s Casa Grande City Council Study session. The study session starts at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chambers, 510 E. Florence Boulevard.

The letter also includes a request for the city to annex a 3.7 acre parcel of land owned by Casa Grande Mountain Ranch. This parcel was also part of the Dreamport project.

Casa Grande Planning and Development Director Paul Tice stated in an email that the request to rezone the property to its old zoning will come before the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Nov. 7 meeting.

The rezoning will allow for offices and commercial and business park uses, he said.

Dreamport Villages was a proposed 1,500-acre $4 billion theme park and resort planned near the junction of Interstates 8 and 10. The project included a water park, wildlife park, extreme sports park, shopping and hotel resorts.

At the same study session the council will:

  • Discuss annexing 702 acres of land north of the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway to add more industrial land to the city limits. The land is located near Frito Lay and Abbott Labs and is owned by several different companies and individuals. In order to annex the land, the city will have to collect signatures from 50 percent of the property owners representing more than 50 percent of the property’s value.
  • Receive an update from the city’s sanitation department on bulk trash pickup, illegal dumping, narrow alleyways and abandoned shopping carts.
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