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April 24, 2013

Parks Authority ready for bids on Multiplex Center

Complex will include indoor facility, six soccer fields

JEFFERSONVILLE — Bids are out and a timeline for when a contract will be awarded is in place for the Jeffersonville Activities Multiplex Center and its sports fields.

Planners for the project provided an update to constructing the multisport complex off of Charlestown Pike, which is planned to include six full-size soccer fields — two of which are interchangeable as football fields (one is an artificial-turf field with bleachers and lights) — and a 37,000 square-foot, indoor, multiuse facility.

The plan is to construct the new sports complex on a site owned by the Clark County Soccer Association. Jeffersonville’s parks authority has planned on paying for the estimated $5 million complex through a bond anticipation note received for Vissing Park. 

The city would 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 term on the bond anticipation note — the city could then issue the bond to pay the remaining amount.

Kovert-Hawkins Architect James Lake said the bids went out Thursday, and already there has been a strong response.

“[There’s] incredible interest in this project already,” he said. “It’s wearing us out.”

Lake, who also sits on the city’s redevelopment commission, explained to the parks authority board that the bid process included a base bid price with the indoor facility and sports fields, along with a host of alternate bids to help manage the project’s cost and give the board options. One of the alternate bids, however, is not being considered optional.

Road work was among the first set of alternate bids for site work presented in the proposal and was offered as one of the chief concerns for nearby residents. The proposed road work includes adding 100-foot turn lanes on Charlestown Pike in both directions into the complex and adding a left turn lane off of Charlestown Pike into Creekstone Ridge; plans to move the main entrance to the park to line up with Silver Slate Drive; and flatten out a rise in the road to improve sightlines.

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