Event Center Developer Granted 60-Day Extension

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Apparently both parties -- the town of Payson and Hospitality Support Group (HSG) -- believe they are on the right track to develop the Payson Event Center.

The town council emerged from last Thursday's executive session on the subject and voted to grant a 60-day extension.

"Basically we're giving (Nielson-Fackler Planning and Development, the town's consultants) 60 days to finalize a plan with Hospitality Support Group -- to bring everything to the table that's needed for a development agreement," Town Manager Fred Carpenter said.

The $21 million Payson Event Center project includes:

  • A 150-room hotel with an indoor pool, fitness center, game area, and an area dedicated to Payson history.
  • A 1,000-seat amphitheater that would be home to concert series and other musical events.
  • A 7,000-square-foot conference center that includes a grand ballroom and is capable of handling meetings of up to 500 people.
  • A cowboy-themed steakhouse restaurant and saloon with sawdust on the floor and "a flavor of history."
  • Enclosing the existing rodeo facility, which was moved from Rumsey Park in 1996, so that it can be used year-round.

In its original proposal, HSG says its vision is to create a destination that hosts events throughout the year.

"If given the opportunity to be the developer, the site will become the most unique western destination in Arizona and maybe the entire West," the proposal says. "It will blend with the history and personality of Payson, and it will be popular with the local population as well as visitors."

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