Agreements for dome, retail buildng in sports complex win approval

2013-09-11T11:55:00Z 2013-09-11T19:39:34Z Agreements for dome, retail buildng in sports complex win approvalSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
September 11, 2013 11:55 am  • 

CROWN POINT | Plans for two privately funded additions to the Crown Point sports complex gained momentum Wednesday after approval by the Board of Public Works and Safety.

The five-member board agreed CS Sports Group can lease space in the  complex for a 120,000-square-foot inflatable dome for soccer, softball, rugby and other activities.

The dome available year-round for sports play would complement the 95-acre complex already home to outdoor venues for youth football, soccer and softball, as well as adult league play, city officials said.

"It adds to the ongoing vision for our community," Mayor David Uran said.

Terms of the 20-year lease give the city use of the dome during off-peak hours. The city would maintain control and ownership of the land occupied by the dome.

The terms call for a lease payment of $1 a year beginning Nov. 1 through October 2033. In lieu of further rent, the city would have use of the dome during non-peak hours.

A signed lease was needed for CS Sports Group to obtain financing for the nearly $4 million dome, city officials said. CS Sports Group was formed by Tae'Ni and Jacqueline Chang-Stroman, of Crown Point.

Also approved Wednesday by the public works and safety board was a memo of understanding for Crown Legacy Development, a company of Hawk Enterprises, to buy a lot in the sports complex where the firm proposes to build a 16,000-square-foot spec building.

The building, subject to city planning and zoning regulations, would be intended to house sports-related businesses, officials said.

The two-story building on a footprint of about 10,000 square feet would occupy a lot at the north end of the complex, east of the existing Homann Karate Do building.

Projects to improve the city owned sports complex have been ongoing over the past several years, including new playing fields for youth football and soccer and a three-field complex for adult and youth softball play, along with new concession and restroom buildings, upgraded parking and road access, new lighting and fencing and other amenities.

A current phase of work is underway to improve playing fields for girls league softball at the south end of the complex.

Total costs for the city-provided improvements are estimated at $10.5 million, using funding from redevelopment dollars, a prior sale of city owned land and private matching funds totalng $3.1 million from local businessman and philanthropist Dean White.

The dome facility and retail building would come at no cost to the city, official said Wednesday.

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