Sports dome planned for Crown Point Sportsplex
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent September 11, 2013 5:20PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:50AM
CROWN POINT — New public-private development is on the way for the city’s Sportsplex property.
Wednesday the Board of Public Works and Safety approved two deals with two private entities to develop two projects: an enclosed field sports dome and a two-story retail/office building for sports-related businesses.
SC Sports Group LLC entered into a 20-year lease with the board to build a 120,000-square-foot indoor sports dome on 95 acres at the Sportsplex at North Street and Bulldog Boulevard.
In exchange for the property on which SC Sports will build its dome, the city will be able to use the facility for its programming during off times, according to Crown Point Mayor David Uran. No money will be exchanged as part of the agreement, which also received approval Monday from the city’s Redevelopment Commission.
“The land is owned by the city, but the asset that sits on city property is taxable,” Uran said, meaning the city will be able to add the improvements to the site to its tax base.
Board members also approved the sale of one of the outlots at the Sportsplex to Crown Legacy Redevelopment LLC of Crown Point, a division of JW Hawk Co. for $5 a square foot. This deal as well received a thumbs-up from the redevelopment commission.
Todd Kleven, company vice president, said they plan to construct a two-story, 16,000-square-foot retail/office building on 10,000 square feet of Sportsplex land directly east of the Homan Karate Do, the first public-private business partnership at the site.
Crown Legacy Development will own the building, which will hold three to four tenants, and a small amount of land around it. The company will work with the city to increase the amount of parking on the site. The city will control the parking lots.
“This particular outlot has intrigued us since day one,” Kleven said. However when the speculative market was hit by the downturn, it put any plans into a holding pattern, he said. Now, the company is ready to move forward.
Kleven said he expects to move through the planning process with the city quickly and be ready to break ground later this year or early next. He said there is already one interested tenant and he has been fielding frequent calls about the site, which will be geared toward sports-related retail and medical tenants. The first tenant will be announced as soon as an engagement letter is signed.