A new events center and campground facility will be coming to the Douglas area, following approval by the Cochise County Planning & Zoning Commission.


Applicant David Verdugo told commissioners he envisions the development at E. Globo Lane becoming a community gathering place where local children will also participate in sustainability projects.


“I bought the property 18 months ago,” he said. “I love Cochise County. It’s a very special place. I think we will be doing something good for the community, and eventually we want to shift the focus to benefit children with community arts programs, and education so they can learn how to grow their own food.”


An existing 1,400 square foot residence will be converted into an events/dining hall, to include a commercial kitchen, and will accommodate weddings, corporate retreats and other similar events. The site was previously used in the 1980s and 1990s for gem shows.


Additional buildings will be used as a portrait studio and media room, and up to 30 primitive cabins and teepees will be installed, along with restroom and shower facilities.


The application prompted three letters in opposition, citing concerns about property values.


However, Verdugo believes his project will have a positive impact, noting he was aware of a number of people interested in buying property in the area because of his development.


“People want to come here because it’s a beautiful place, and we’re helping to spread the word,” he said.


The Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the application.