CROWN POINT | Though a private company says a second dome could be added to its proposed sports complex, Mayor David Uran said Wednesday morning the city and its officials have had no such discussions to date.
Jeff Ban, of DVG Inc., was hired by the city as the site engineer for the Bo Jackson Legacy Athletic Center, which the city plans to build in a public-private partnership with Bo Jackson Elite Sports. Ban said Wednesday the city development team has been looking at "alternative programming elements for the facility."
"We are currently evaluating several alternative program elements, one of which is an additional batting cage area that could give the (Bo Jackson Legacy Athletic Center) a market position as a baseball training facility," Ban said in an e-mail to city officials Wednesday morning.
Uran said the city is always looking for additional uses and sources to help pay for the facility, which still is in its conceptual phase, because no additional taxpayer dollars will be used for the complex.
"We're open to things that would complement (the facility)," Uran said. "So it can truly be a one-stop shop for amateur sports."
Ban said the development team is considering some additions to the facility that would help it qualify for specific grants.
Uran said possibilities may include training facilities and sports medicine facilities.
In November, the city announced it was partnering with Bo Jackson Elite Sports to build the Bo Jackson Legacy Athletic Center on city-owned land on North Street. The complex would provide indoor fields, allowing for year-round play of baseball, softball, soccer, football, basketball and volleyball.