Another developer wants to build an indoor ski complex in North Texas, this time in Grand Prairie near Lone Star Park.
A $215 million indoor ski facility integrated with a 300-room Hard Rock Hotel is being proposed for the site on Belt Line Road north of Interstate 30, city officials and the developer announced Tuesday.
The developer, Grand Alps Resort DFW, Inc., hopes to start construction in January on Grand Alps Village, a $140 million, 350,000-square-foot ski center, and a $70 million four-star hotel to be operated by Hard Rock International. The hotel would include 48,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and exercise and spa facilities.
The project is contingent on full financing. But the city of Grand Prairie said it will provide three years of tax increment financing for infrastructure work, a seven-year, 100 percent property tax abatement, and a 75 percent rebate of hotel/motel taxes for 10 years after opening.
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A second, 300-room hotel is also planned within two years of the project’s opening, the developers said. Altogether, project development could reach $400 million when completed and employ as many as 1,900 workers. Construction will take 34 months, with the complex planned to open in 2018.
Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen said the location is perfect for the project and that the city would be proud to house Texas’s first Hard Rock Hotel.
“The Grand Alps will be a great new addition to our well-established tourist business,” Jensen said in a prepared statement. In addition to the Lone Star Park horse racing facility, the QuikTrip Park minor league baseball stadium and Verizon Theatre are also located there.
Grand Alps becomes the fourth proposed indoor ski facility for the region since 2006. Projects previously touted for the Alliance area in far north Fort Worth, near Grapevine Mills and between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Dallas were never built.
Levi Davis and Sherman Thurston, principals of the Grand Alps Resort DFW, Inc., said they anticipate 1.3 million visitors annually.
They said the Grand Alps Resort would offer multiple ski runs to accommodate beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, indoor ice climbing, a luge track, Olympic half pipe and snowboard courses, a winter wonderland and snow play areas.
The Hard Rock Hotel Dallas/Fort Worth would have 300 rooms, including 86 overlooking the ski slopes, a rooftop pool complex with walk out pool deck rooms and two Rockstar Suites.