Mesa has put together a preliminary timeline for the construction of a new spring-training facility for the Chicago Cubs.
The city plans to release a qualifications proposal for design-team candidates by the end of the month. A design team will be chosen within the next 60 days, with a general contractor chosen by the end of April.
Groundbreaking on the $84-million facility, which was approved by Mesa voters in November and is expected to be located at Riverview Park, should take place in 12-14 months, city manager Christopher Brady said.
"We're still in the preliminary stages," Brady said. "We're working on specific schedules. We're trying to work around the holidays, and that will affect timing as far as meetings are concerned. But on the construction end, the process is going forward."
Brady and city engineer Beth Huning presented the timeline to the City Council at a study session on Monday.
A six-person project team will consist of three Mesa officials: Brady, Huning and Marc Heirshberg, parks, recreation and commercial facilities director. The Cubs' contingent will include owner Todd Ricketts.
The city typically imposes a 30-day application deadline for design teams after a qualifications proposal is released. Brady said the deadline for the Cubs facility will likely be extended.
"The difficulty we have is that we're going into the holidays," Brady said. "We'll probably extend the process a little longer, but we have not decided how long. It might be all the way through January before the applications are due."
The city plans to emphasize that the design team and general contractor encourage participation from qualified local firms during the sub-contracting process.
"I'm getting calls from local companies worried that they've missed their chance," Mayor Scott Smith said. "But no decisions have been made. The process is just beginning, and it will be an open process."