GILBERT, Ariz.--- The head of BMX USA wants to make Gilbert the "Center of the BMX World," by building an expansive new headquarters and training facility in the east Valley town.
"This land will be developed in some way someday, and it's best for you to know your neighbor," Bernard Anderson told a standing-room-only crowd at Gilbert Town Hall Tuesday night.
The Gilbert Town Council will soon vote on a public-private partnership between Gilbert at BMX USA. Town officials say under the current proposal, Gilbert would finance $17 million of the project's total $20 million cost.
BMX wants to build on vacant land near a youth soccer facility at the corner of Greenfield Road and Germann Road, south of the Loop 202 SanTan. Sports officials want their new complex to include a large arena with dirt track, a separate public track, corporate offices, and a hall of fame.
"It would mean the world to me, and I'm praying it gets built," Olympic hopeful Trevor Seiler told 3TV. BMX plans to hold the Olympic trials at the Gilbert facility. Town officials say tourism from such events will help recoup the initial investment.
Several people at the Tuesday meeting raised noise and traffic concerns, which will be examined before a final deal is done. "Know that we have your best interests at heart," Anderson told the crowd.