By Gabrielle Olivera | Pinal Central (Submitted Photo)
CASA GRANDE — Copper Mountain Ranch, a major development that has been discussed for decades, may become a reality in the near future, Mayor Craig McFarland said in an update during an April town hall.
As early as 1988, the picturesque views of the Sacaton Mountains grabbed the attention of Brad Wilde of M&B Investments. The Casa Grande Dispatch reported at the time that Wilde’s firm was able to acquire the land from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a swap that involved two ranch properties north of Phoenix.
In the following years, M&B Investments, Larry Yount and his investment company and Chicago White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf proposed a plan for the community that included several thousand homes, five schools and five golf courses. Some called it a “city within a city.”