Long-delayed development near Camelback Ranch expected to start soon

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox play a spring training game at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix. / Photo by Jacob Stanek / Independent Newsmedia

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Mattamy Homes building a community at Camelback Ranch

By Mark Carlisle | YourValley.net

Camelback Ranch may soon, finally, become what Glendale had hoped it would be.

When the city decided to build the spring training facility 12 years ago, they planned for hundreds of acres of commercial and residential development around the park. However, months after Glendale finalized agreements for the park, the Great Recession hit, the company meant to build the development went bankrupt and the buildout around Camelback Ranch never materialized.

As spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox now approaches its 10th anniversary, the city’s original vision for the complex, or something like it, may soon finally be realized.

“It was a long time coming, but I think what we envisioned there will take shape over the next couple of years, and you will see a totally different book to that area in a couple of years,” said Glendale Vice Mayor Joyce Clark of the Yucca District, the only current member of City Council who was on Council for the 2007 vote.