Large auto-park to relocate to Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Known as the home of Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Golf Club, Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River, Butterfly Wonderland and under construction OdySea Aquarium, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community can now lay claim to another distinction:  home of the first master planned auto-park on tribal land in the country.

Developed in conjunction with Mullin 360, the 70-acre project at the 101 Pima Freeway and Indian School Road was unveiled Dec. 4 and will be anchored by the nation’s 25th largest automotive consortium, the Chapman Automotive Group.

Chapman is also the largest privately owned dealership group in Arizona, according to a press release.

Set to invest some $60 million into the new project, Chapman will be relocating its existing brands of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Volkswagen and Ford from McDowell Road in Scottsdale.

“Other automotive groups are expected to join what will be known as Scottsdale AutoShow too,” stated Mullin 360 Owner Jim Mullin, in the release.

The significant sales tax boost from the development will enhance the ongoing physical expansion of services such as infrastructure, children’s programs, and medical care within the community. It also continues the economic development momentum the tribe has shepherded up and down the 101 Pima Freeway.

Mr. Mullin said the auto park would set new standards in Arizona and across the country by involving such features as navigation nodes and specialty treated asphalt in the loop road for superior test drive experiences, the release stated.

“This is the largest investment in our company’s history and we’re pleased to be making some history with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and their new enterprise,” stated Chapman Automotive Group’s CEO Eddie Davault, in the release.

The project is set to open in January 2017.

A hotline has been set up for area residents and businesses that may have additional questions at 480-362-7727 or residents may send an e-mail with any inquiries or comments to SRAS@srpmic-nsn.gov.

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