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Hamilton County / Westfield / Regional News

Another indoor facility in the works for Grand Park

September 23, 2014

The city of Westfield and the development team bringing its Grand Park Sports Campus to life are expected to unveil plans Tuesday for a second year-round venue at the 400-acre complex.

Details will be revealed at a 10 a.m. news conference near the project site—now a soybean field along 186th Street in between Grand Park’s baseball diamonds and soccer fields.

Update: Private investors plan $6M basketball/volleyball facility dubbed Grand Park Fieldhouse.

At the park’s grand opening in June, South Bend-based Holladay Properties announced plans to build a $20 million indoor soccer facility at the park. It’s slated to include three full-sized soccer fields and a food-service operation operated by south-side institution Jonathan Byrd’s.

Grand Park is a $45 million-plus economic-development play for Westfield, which hopes to draw businesses seeking exposure to the million-plus visitors expected each year. About 1,400 acres of land nearby is available for residential and commercial projects.

The city’s initial plans for the park also called for a privately operated indoor baseball facility, but officials said Tuesday's announcement is tied to another sport.

The need for year-round space became "that much more pronounced" after the brutal winter, Holladay partner and Westfield resident Chris Wilkes said in June.

Mayor Andy Cook has been adamant that additional development be financed without public contributions. Holladay is buying the property for the soccer arena, making it taxable, and paying for construction.

City officials also are anxious for hotel development to begin nearby. Westfield's lone hotel is booked every weekend, Cook said in June, and neighboring communities have been inundated with uniform-clad visitors.

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