Cactus League Museum seeking home in Mesa

From Gary Nelson at the Arizona Republic on November 12, 2013:

Robert Johnson is sure people will come to the Cactus League Hall of Fame once it’s built. Problem is, after six years, he still does doesn’t have a location for the museum.

Armed with fresh artists’ renderings of the proposed complex, Johnson hopes to nail down a site by the end of 2014.

Mesa remains a contender, said Johnson, who is a board member of the Mesa Historical Museum and project leader for the baseball museum.

But if a deal can’t be worked out with Mesa, Johnson has two other possibilities.

“We have three possible places, and Mesa is one of them,” he said. “The other two I’m not in a position to be able to talk about yet.”

All three sites are in proximity to existing baseball facilities, Johnson said, adding that there are various financing proposals for the $15 million to $20 million project.

“Where that shakes out is going to depend on who sees the vision first and wants to get it going,” he said.

As for the vision, Johnson used the term “grand” several times in talking about the concept developed by HKS Architects of Phoenix. HKS designed the Cactus League facilities at Camelback Ranch Glendale and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick just east of Scottsdale.

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Originally published: November 12, 2013. Last Updated: November 12, 2013.