Mesa approves Cubs agreements for spring training

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Key agreements have been approved that allow the Chicago Cubs and the city of Mesa to design and build a new $99 million training complex.

The East Valley Tribune reports that Mesa now has a 30-year deal in place for building the stadium, managing it with the Cubs and selling parcels to the team for a private entertainment complex.

The city council unanimously approved a package of Cubs deals Monday.

Both sides had negotiated terms since November, when Mesa voters approved the deal by a 2-1 margin.

Mayor Scott Smith described the talks as "intense" but says residents will get what they voted for.

Mesa expects to break ground by next summer and open for spring training in 2014.