Parks Authority Board Member Ed Zastawny said part of the reason for looking at the expanded facility is to be able to host a wide variety of sports leagues and tournaments.
Planners said by expanding the site to six volleyball courts, it would allow the center to host tournaments on-site.
“This is one of the few projects … that the city is doing right now that has the potential to be an income generator,” Lake said.
To build the larger indoor, multi-sport complex, it is expected that it would add about $600,000 to the total project’s cost, which Lake said he hopes to keep under a total price tag of $5 million.
But parks authority board members questioned how the planned sports complex would affect other regional projects, including the Southern Indiana Sports Complex on the Indiana University Southeast campus and a multiuse recreational facility planned in New Albany.
“What New Albany’s doing would be complimentary to what we’re doing,” Zastawny said.
He explained that the sites would be focused on different sports, and as regional attractions, each could bring attention to the other’s complex.
“There’s nowhere like this around,” Lake added, referring to the planned JAM Center.
The next step in the process would be to release the plans for bidding. It is anticipated that planners could receive bids by May 14, and then have all of the bids available for approval for the parks authority board’s May 27 meeting.
If the approval was granted at that meeting, the construction could begin this year in order to have a large portion of the project complete by spring 2014. Construction would halt for the spring soccer season, but when the season is completed the complex would close in order to finish construction and open a completed facility for fall 2014.