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Site chosen for proposed Westfield sports complex

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Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said Tuesday that city officials have decided on a location for a massive proposed sports and community recreation complex known as the "Family Sports Capital of America."

The Westfield sports commission chose an area bordered by State Road 32 on the south, 196th Street to the north, Spring Mill Road on the west and State Road 31 to the east.

The sports and recreation campus is expected to occupy 300 acres and cost millions of dollars to fully develop.

Over the past 12 months, three potential sites were examined by the sports commission, including one within the proposed Symphony development along Towne Road between 146th and 161st streets planned by The Estridge Cos. But Estridge pulled out of consideration earlier this month.

Another proposal came from local developer Chris R. White for a site north of downtown Westfield.

Westfield developers Steve Henke and Beau Wilfong organized and promoted the selected site and will participate in the development of the project, Cook said.
 
Cook said the site was chosen primarily because it "will provide the greatest opportunity for economic development in Westfield."

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  • Taxpayers will pay
    Henke and Wilfong will owe $2.2 milion dollars to the city for the interest owed for the sewer interceptors installed along 32. If they do not pay, the citizens will probably pay for it through their city utilities bill. It is unacceptable to let them off the hook while entering into a new pubic/private partnership.
  • What about today
    I understand that this is a long term plan which is what this and any city needs to accomplish a future. However, really what have we seen from Cook and his council? When asking a council member when running if they get paid and the answer of yes minimal, but I want the job to better the city was given, I was alright with. What happened almost immediately a pay raise voted by the council to double their own pay and approved by Mr. Mayor Cook. Second, although he might be paying taxes to us as a reference to the Bridgewater crew he relects with, why don't you try and anex the street you live on a get a WESTFIELD ADDRESS instead of a Carmel address? Lastly, with the help of our hopeful presidential candidate gov. we have had a break in prop. taxes but what have you done to bring in a greater commercial tax base for now and today? Instead we are looking at voting for more money to go to our financially stricken schools because a comercial base is not HERE! Fix today so we can be here for tomorrow or let someone else do it that wants to for us.
  • Interesting
    How was this decision made? How much of a windfall is this for Henke/partner?

    I dont think we all need to review the cushy relationship with Henke-Throgmartin Development which owns bridgewater and Cook who is the mayor of westfield, bridgewater member and resident.

    How much tax money has Henke and Bridgewater provided Cook and Westfield? Quid pro quo?
  • No Chance
    Season is too short. This thing will require taxpayer's $$$ forever.
  • Should Be interesting
    For the person that thinks this is going to cause bankruptcy, you might be right. Look at it another way. Hamilton County is booming right now, so why not add an attraction to your city that is around the other major cities within this county(Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers...) Not only is this going to attract more people to live in Westfield (increase property value over time), it is going to bring in more resturants, shopping, and others when the retail market turns around. I like the idea of adding developments that add to the community (something different than a roundabout). Lets see what happens!
  • Bankruptcy
    Westfield has only 24,000 people. And this stupid idea and the stupid Disfunction Junction are going to eliminate a lot of businesses in Westfield. Where is the funding coming from? Every man woman and child in Westfield is going to owe $41,667 for this project. This project by the way has an extremely long time horizon before any economic benefit would be recouped.

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