Hamilton’s Spooky Nook sports complex opening delayed – WCPO

HAMILTON — The indoor sports complex part of the $165 million Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill will not open in late March and the company is not able to provide an estimate of when it will happen, owner Sam Beiler told the Hamilton Journal-News on Tuesday.

Asked how many months’ delay, if that much, it might be, Beiler said, “I don’t know. I haven’t seen the recovery schedule (from the contractor) yet.”

On the other hand, Mill 2, the part of the project that will be known as Champion Mill Conference Center, with 233 hotel rooms, ballrooms and large meeting spaces, “is progressing well,” with an end-of-March targeted completion date, despite construction happening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In that part of the project, which is located between the Great Miami River and North B Street, there have been “nominal delays” with some window deliveries, availability of some paint, furniture, fixtures and equipment, which have created daily challenges but are not expected to push back the opening. The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a gala for Wednesday, April 20, to show off both sides of the facility.

Beiler said he is sorry the expected thousands of athletes and their families visiting the city for sports tournaments and other events may not start as soon as expected.

“The city, the city council — all of our local partners, which include the local businesses — they’ve been tremendously supportive,” he said. “So to say I’m disappointed in the delay is probably an understatement. Any negative effect on the local businesses is obviously very disappointing.”

Businesses not overly worried

The Main Street business owners who were willing to speak after the surprise news said they weren’t concerned.

Dave Ernst, one of four partners in Hamilton’s Urban Backyard at 501 Main St., said he wasn’t surprised by the delay, given the indoor sports facility’s size and the wind damage.

“I’m not totally surprised,” he said. “I drive by the location quite often.”

“Our project here was obviously way, way smaller, but knowing the hurdles you have to deal with on a commercial project, the supply chain out in front of everybody in the world right now, I guess I’m not surprised.”

Hamilton’s Urban Backyard had an opening that was delayed from early September until Oct. 1, because, “I was missing one component for a walk-in cooler, which that set us back. It was a supply-chain issue,” Ernst said. “And we had an issue when it came in. We had to get it rebuilt, and when you don’t have that in place, you can’t get your cooler at temperature, which then I can’t get food-service-operations approvals through the city.” And those were needed to get a liquor permit, he said.

He said he feels for Beiler and those building Spooky Nook juggling those issues.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing to us, but at the same time, when we put together our business plan, it wasn’t predicated totally on Spooky Nook being open, because we had no idea when it was going to open and what it would bring,” Ernst said. “We’re definitely excited and ready for when the patrons come to visit Hamilton.”

Trying to make up time

“The contractor has committed to providing a recovery schedule by the end of this week,” Beiler said.

After he reviews that schedule with …….

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HAMILTON — The indoor sports complex part of the $165 million Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill will not open in late March and the company is not able to provide an estimate of when it will happen, owner Sam Beiler told the Hamilton Journal-News on Tuesday.

Asked how many months’ delay, if that much, it might be, Beiler said, “I don’t know. I haven’t seen the recovery schedule (from the contractor) yet.”

On the other hand, Mill 2, the part of the project that will be known as Champion Mill Conference Center, with 233 hotel rooms, ballrooms and large meeting spaces, “is progressing well,” with an end-of-March targeted completion date, despite construction happenin…….

HAMILTON — The indoor sports complex part of the $165 million Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill will not open in late March and the company is not able to provide an estimate of when it will happen, owner Sam Beiler told the Hamilton Journal-News on Tuesday.

Asked how many months’ delay, if that much, it might be, Beiler said, “I don’t know. I haven’t seen the recovery schedule (from the contractor) yet.”

On the other hand, Mill 2, the part of the project that will be known as Champion Mill Conference Center, with 233 hotel rooms, ballrooms and large meeting spaces, “is progressing well,” with an end-of-March targeted completion date, despite construction happenin…….

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