Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
A major gateway to the city of Casa Grande has been blighted by a supposed positive economic partner, and our city has not only allowed this to go unchecked but continues to promote the project. I am talking about the CityGate sign that towers over the entrance to our city at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Boulevard. The sign has been tattered and blowing in the wind for months now, and no one seems to pay any attention. The high-rise pole and frame with a large degree of damaged paint support what should be a beacon to our city. Instead, thousands of motorists passing through and entering Casa Grande see this disgrace flapping in the wind. One can only guess what many must think of Casa Grande when they witness this.
CityGate is a PhoenixMart project that has promised us hundreds of jobs, major construction and international recognition. To date they have delivered next to nothing, and instead have provided us with an embarrassing gateway emblem for all to see. An FBI investigation and what appears to be a deserted welcome center and building site landmark are in poor repair and do nothing to reassure our community that they are for real, and that they have our best interest anywhere on their priority list.
CityGate and PhoenixMart: If you truly intend to be a valued partner in Casa Grande, please take care of this blighted sign immediately. PhoenixMart, enough is enough, time to get your act together.
The writer is a candidate for Casa Grande City Council.