"Imagine taking a relaxing desert vacation –
By Shelley Shelton
It's official: Marana will have a place where fashion sits – its very
own Ritz. Developers and officials with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC
are publicly confirming what has been perhaps the worst-kept secret in
Pima County – a Ritz-Carlton is coming to Dove Mountain. "Although it's
been the worst-kept secret, we're still very pleased to have it finalized
and have construction commenced," said David Mehl, president of Cottonwood
Properties Inc., which has teamed up with Greenbrier Southwest Corporation
and the Ritz-Carlton to develop the project.
When complete, the 850-acre development will boast two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, a 250-room hotel and spa and about 325 luxury residences, Mehl said.
Dove Mountain is a 5,600 acre development on West Tangerine Road, west of North Thornydale Road. Golf course construction has been under way for about a year, he said. Work on the golf clubhouse began about a month ago, and hotel building began just a few weeks ago. Homes are expected to sell for $1.5 million to $3 million, he said.
"Even within the Ritz-Carlton system, this is a very highly regarded project," Mehl said. The golf and residential parts are due to be completed in January 2009; the hotel is expected to open that fall. Plans include hosting the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship beginning in February 2009, he said. "Everything just came together. We don't just go into projects as complex as this one before every I is dotted and every T is crossed," Deuschl said. Ed Stolmaker, president and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the progress. "From and economic standpoint, it will bring in additional revenue for the town," he said. "It will bring in a different level of hospitality in the area. It's definitely a different level than what we have presently, not only in Marana but also in Tucson."