Sports complex feasibility report coming soon to city council

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Local arts organization members put together this preliminary proposal for a combined arts and sports complex (partially cropped in photo) for the city. A Crestview tourism development tax could fund the project.

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Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 07:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A sports complex's proposed site appears inadequate and might generate a $400,000 annual loss, but that doesn't mean death to the project.

Click here for a clear image of the proposed conceptual plan.

The city still is researching feasibility of such a facility, said Council President Ben Iannucci III, who raised the concept of a sports complex — built and operated by a sports management company at no expense to Crestview taxpayers — early last year.

In addition to providing sports and recreational opportunities for locals, the complex would attract out-of-town traveling sports tournaments, he said.

He reported on recent communication with the Institute of Retired Professionals, tasked with conducting a feasibility study, at the Jan. 28 council meeting. Among preliminary findings, the group questioned the suggested location, an 18-acre city-owned tract of land behind the Brookmeade Drive public safety building.

"Their determination is it may not be big enough for what we're proposing," Iannucci said.

The group's early estimates indicate the facility would cost between $1 and $3 million.

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