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Westfield scores $20M indoor soccer facility, restaurant

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Real estate developer Holladay Properties plans to build a $20 million indoor soccer facility at Westfield's Grand Park, providing a year-round venue at the sprawling sports campus—and a home for south-side institution Jonathan Byrd's first restaurant in Hamilton County.

Mayor Andy Cook announced the project Saturday afternoon at Grand Park's ribbon-cutting ceremony, an event that also drew Gov. Mike Pence, Congresswoman Susan Brooks and a stage full of other dignitaries.

South Bend-based Holladay Properties could start work on the 370,000-square-foot facility along 191st Street within 60 days, Cook said.

Grand Park indoor soccer facilityOfficials unveiled a rendering of the indoor soccer facility on Saturday. (IBJ photo)

When construction is done next year, the building is expected to include three full-sized soccer fields and a "sizeable" food-service component operated by Jonathan Byrd's, he said.

Owner Ginny Byrd said she is "very excited" about bringing the restaurant to Westfield. The company closed its iconic cafeteria line in Greenwood spring, switching to a fast-casual concept it calls JB Express. The Grand Park eatery also will offer quick-service options, she said.

Holladay, which developed the AmeriPlex industrial park near Indianapolis International Airport, has been discussing the Westfield project with city officials since late last year, said partner Chris Wilkes.

The upshot of the brutal winter that delayed construction of Grand Park's 31 multiuse fields and 26 ball diamonds, he said: The need for an indoor facility became "that much more pronounced."

Grand Park is a game-changer for the city, said Wilkes (a Westfield resident for 13 years), and the development firm wanted to contribute by bringing its "craft" to the community.

Cook said the project will be financed without any public contributions. Holladay will buy property in the city-owned park, making it taxable, and the city will work to find a private operator for the facility.

Grand Park is an economic-development play for Westfield, which hopes to draw businesses seeking exposure to the million-plus visitors expected each year. The sports campus already has attracted nearly 400,000 visitors, Cook told the crowd, injecting an estimated $30 million in the central Indiana economy.

Westfield's lone hotel is booked every weekend, Cook said, and neighboring communities have been inundated with uniform-clad visitors.

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  • But Mal
    we still have the reservoir...
  • Italiano please read before commenting
    Before pushing your same argument time and again on any announced project, read the article in its entirety. The article clearly states that.."Cook said the project will be financed without any public contributions. Holladay will buy property in the city-owned park, making it taxable..." So there are no public monies being used on this project.
  • Lovely
    Why, that facility looks just as lovely as the big distribution warehouses that are popping up all over the place. Looks like they got top architectural help with this one. Way to go, Westfield, it will blend right in!
  • And the COST is???
    You neglect to tell how much the taxpayers are forking over for this "grand" park
  • 400,000 "visitors"
    "Visitors" is misleading. You could go in as a visitor, leave the park and come back, and be counted again. They do not have a substantial way to count how many individual, one time, first time or otherwise visitors come through the gate. additionally let us see some data to back at the 30 million number.
  • And Anderson's current...
    ...'mayor' let this project die to show the former mayor how little potential this sports complex could have in financially-ailing Madison County. Smith is a dolt. Cops don't make good mayors and mayors don't make good cops.

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