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February 14, 2013

$5 million sports complex presented to Jeffersonville neighbors

Woehrle Youth Athletic Complex projected open date: Aug. 1, 2014

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

 

THE FACILITY

Parks Department Director Paul Northam said the city would run the multi-use indoor activities center planned for the site.

He added it would likely take two full-time employees to run the building and a CCSA employee will run the concessions initially. Fees for the multi-sport complex would mirror those at Nolan Fieldhouse, and closing times would be similar to other parks complexes in Jeffersonville.

But planners said the building itself would be unique.

“What makes this building kind of exciting is there is not really a building like this anywhere else in this region,” said Matt Gullo, architect with Kovert Hawkins.

He explained the interchangeability of the sports complex building allows the facility to attract a number of different types of activities that will allow it to be more financially feasible than a complex that is specifically designed to host one single sport. In addition, the complex being adjacent to the soccer and football fields allows it to serve as a support to the outdoor activities planned for the site.

To answer funding concerns Zastawny said the plan being pursued would be to use the money received for a bond anticipation note received for Vissing Park, of $5 million for five years, to pay for the construction of the complex. The city would then pay the loan back through Economic Development Income Tax and parks open space funding. If there is still a balance at the end of five years, the city could then issue the bond to pay the remaining amount.

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