The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
January 12, 2012
Article by Gary Nelson
800 homes planned for former General Motors Desert Proving Ground
Brewer acknowledged at the outset the death last fall of Robert Brinton, president of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau and former president of the Cactus League. Brewer also has been a stalwart supporter of spring baseball in Arizona.
“Robert was a true champion of the East Valley,” Brewer said. “Under his leadership … the Cactus League blossomed into a 15-team league, flourishing as a powerful economic engine for Valley tourism.”
Brewer spoke of DMB’ anticipated development of land formerly known as the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in southeast Mesa.
DMB, which owns 5 square miles of the old GM site, announced this week it is renaming its development Eastmark. The company rolled out a new website for the project with the slogan “The future heart and hub of the East Valley.”
Company officials said they plan to announce a lineup of homebuilders by midyear and break ground for about 800 houses in early 2013.
Those plans prove, Brewer said, that “the East Valley and the state as a whole have a bright economic future.