City wants Chicago Cubs complex construction contracts to go to Mesa businesses

A conceptual plan for the Chicago Cubs spring training complex places the stadium at its center. The proposed Wrigleyville West entertainment district doesn’t appear in this early plan but would be built in phases and replace the soccer fields east of the stadium. / Submitted photo

Mesa also is checking with contractors to see where they’re buying materials, encouraging companies to buy products in Mesa when possible

By Garin Groff

East Valley Tribune

As Mesa prepares to award the bulk of construction contracts for the $99 million Chicago Cubs complex, the city is making a final push to boost the number of hometown contractors who get the bids.

The city wants at least 20 percent of contracts to go to Mesa-based businesses and is hosting an event this week to tell contractors what kinds of projects are still open for bidding.

About 34 of 40 bid packages are still available through the general contractor, Hunt Construction Group. That represents roughly $74 million worth of contracts, said Robert Johnson, a spokesman for Hunt.

Mesa’s City Council has pressed for the local contracts as it has planned the complex in the last two years.

But the city can’t simply hand out projects to hometown companies.



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