Updated: June 27, 2013 3:19PM
CROWN POINT — Dr. Tae’Ni Chang-Stroman and his wife Jackie have kids that love playing soccer.
They asked the Redevelopment Commission on June 10 for a letter of intent stating that the city would like to work with them by leasing land within the Sportsplex to construct a dome at their own expense.
This letter of intent is to show potential financiers that their project is acceptable to the city.
Councilman Mark Schweitzer made the motion to write a letter of intent with CS Sports for a lease of land within the city’s Sportsplex for the development and use of a dome. The lease would only be for the footprint of the dome. The city would maintain control of all of the surrounding land. His motion passed unanimously.
Jeff Ban was at the meeting representing the Chang-Stromans. They live in the city along with their four children, who are 12, 10, 8 and 7 years old.
This is a project of love on the part of this couple. They want to construct a dome that is just over 120,000 square feet and would be large enough for two 12-and-under baseball and soccer fields for year-round play. The footprint would be 245 feet by 490 feet.
According to Jackie Chang-Stroman, the facility would be geared to youth sports.
The project will be totally financed by this couple. Plans call for a $4 million facility, with the city providing access and parking. Ban said they would like this to be a joint venture.
At 120,000 square feet this dome would be about one-and-one-half times larger than the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport, Ill. That inflatable dome is 400 feet by 220 feet equalling 88,000 square feet.
This proposed dome on city property would be in competition with the much smaller The Dome taxable facility on Merrillville Road, behind the Jewel/Osco shopping center on Main Street.
The Dome is 140 by 240 feet for a total of 33,600 square feet. This facility sits on its own land, surrounded by its own parking lot.