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March 25, 2013

Jeffersonville board OKs plans for bigger sports complex

Multiuse sports complex nearly doubles in size

JEFFERSONVILLE — The plan to construct a multi-sport complex off of Charlestown Pike in Jeffersonville just got larger.

Plans presented to the Jeffersonville Parks Authority Board on March 18 expanded the proposed multi-sport activities center, with soccer and football fields and a multiuse indoor facility, on the property currently owned by the Clark County Soccer Association.

“We’ve doubled the space,” said Matt Gullo, architect for Kovert-Hawkins. “That allows for a lot more flexibility.”

Changes to the original plan would nearly double the size of the indoor, multi-sport complex from 20,400 square feet to about 37,000 square feet. The expansion would take away about 40 parking spaces from the site.

The new plan also gave a new name to the proposed project — the Jeffersonville Activities Multiplex Center, or JAM Center.

“The market right now is very attractive for building,” said James Lake, architect with Kovert-Hawkins, on why the planners decided to move forward with the expanded facility. “We’re going to be able to build the expansion for a lot less money upfront … which right now is a fraction of what the expansion would be if we would add to it in the future.”

Lake explained the expansion plans were part of the project from the start.

Because of the cost savings expected to be realized on the project, planners decided to offer to the parks authority to do the expansion now.

In addition, by building the larger facility, the building would be made out of precast concrete instead of being a metal structure, which would make it a stronger building and easier to construct quickly, Lake said.

The space available inside the building was also a determining factor.

By building the larger space, the JAM Center would be able to house four basketball courts instead of two, up to six volleyball courts instead of three and also include on the second level a eight-of-a-mile walking track.

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