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Indoor sports facility likely going downtown; Commission to vote on … – The Owensboro Times

It appears the proposed $19 million indoor sports facility will be built downtown. City Commissioners on Tuesday will vote on whether to purchase the full block of properties housing and surrounding the Owensboro Antique Mall — which is one block directly south of a future hotel and two south of the Convention Center.

City Manager Nate Pagan said Commissioners will vote on acquiring the group of properties located in between West 3rd and 4th streets and Locust and Cedar streets. They will also hear the first reading of an ordinance regarding a roughly $44 million bond agreement.

All of the properties are currently owned by Gipe Enterprises. The Owensboro Antique Mall operates at the corner of West 3rd and Locust but has already announced it will be closing in the coming months.

Pagan said that in the previous City Commission meeting he alluded to an upcoming proposal for the location of the indoor sports facility, which has previously been referred to as the Sportsplex.

“We’re buying it to place it there. There’s only one action, the Commission will [vote to] approve the purchase of the property for the project,” Pagan said. “…On Tuesday, we’ll do the purchase of the property and then the bond.”

Commissioner Jeff Sanford said the block behind the Riverfront Brio hotel — which has still seen little progress but will eventually take up the block between West 2nd and West 3rd Streets and from Locust to Cedar — will be a prime location. For Sanford, and other city officials, a major priority was location and accessibility for guests — and he feels the location provides exactly that.

“If you had a massive tournament and you needed more space, well, you’re within walking distance to the Convention Center. So if you were staying anywhere downtown or no matter where you’re staying in Owensboro you get downtown,” Sanford said.

Sanford was the only commissioner who discussed the specific proposed location. Other commissioners — admitting they knew of a proposed location but not addressing where it was — said that other locations were provided to them but that the final proposal provides ease of parking with the parking garage nearby the street, and that the destination will draw people to the area.

The 88,000-square-foot facility is still estimated to be complete by December 2024, according to the latest City Projects List.

A representative from Pinnacle Indoor Sports previously recommended that the sports complex have five courts that could host basketball, volleyball, futsal, wrestling and a plethora of other matted sports. Along the courts, there would be a 100×200-foot turf area that would provide a space for indoor soccer during the winter months and a “camping” spot in between games for the matted sports teams.

Each commissioner had a different perspective on what they hope the facility will be able to provide.

Sanford said from his history traveling as a coach and a parent of athletes, he’s seen numerous sports facilities throughout the nation and the lesson he’s learned is that accessibility to other spaces is paramount. 

He said he often had to trek between spaces that were just not feasible to get between games, but the proposed Owensboro Indoor Sports Facility location provides easy access for hotel transportation, food, and more.

“It’s critical that it’s done correctly. It’s critical that it has an awe factor too because when people look at the building, that goes with what we’re doing in …….

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It appears the proposed $19 million indoor sports facility will be built downtown. City Commissioners on Tuesday will vote on whether to purchase the full block of properties housing and surrounding the Owensboro Antique Mall — which is one block directly south of a future hotel and two south of the Convention Center.

City Manager Nate Pagan said Commissioners will vote on acquiring the group of properties located in between West 3rd and 4th streets and Locust and Cedar streets. They will also hear the first reading of an ordinance regarding a roughly $44 million bond agreement.

All of the properties are currently owned by Gipe Enterprises. The Owensboro Antique Mall oper…….

It appears the proposed $19 million indoor sports facility will be built downtown. City Commissioners on Tuesday will vote on whether to purchase the full block of properties housing and surrounding the Owensboro Antique Mall — which is one block directly south of a future hotel and two south of the Convention Center.

City Manager Nate Pagan said Commissioners will vote on acquiring the group of properties located in between West 3rd and 4th streets and Locust and Cedar streets. They will also hear the first reading of an ordinance regarding a roughly $44 million bond agreement.

All of the properties are currently owned by Gipe Enterprises. The Owensboro Antique Mall oper…….

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