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MATTOON — Plans for a 110-acre Mattoon Sports Complex with a 140,000-square-foot indoor facility are set to move forward to the next stages of development.

The Mattoon City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the city’s official intent to support development of the $66.08 million complex, with other votes to come on this project. The council also voted, unanimously, to create a Remington Road-Interstate 57 business district to help finance this project, which will be developed in this district near the southwest corner of I-57 and Illinois Route 16.

Mayor Rick Hall, who joined Dave Cox and Sandra Graven in voting for the intent measure, said he hopes that the complex’s development will be the start of economic growth that will bring new housing and residents, as well. He and other council members thanked the half dozen business leaders and young entrepreneurs that spoke in favor of the complex.



Summers 


“This, to me, is the biggest single opportunity the community has seen in a long time,” said Keith Summers with the KC Summers Auto Group.

Council members Jim Closson and David Phipps voted against the intent measure, but Closson emphasized beforehand that he is in favor of the complex’s economic development potential and Phipps thanked the project’s organizers afterward for leading this proposal.

Phipps said, before the meeting, that he is concerned about the city giving up its increased revenue from within the business district for up to 30 years or more to help finance the complex and about how this will affect the city’s debt rating and bonding ability. Both Closson and Phipps have voiced concerns about the city needing to increase its fire, police and public works staffing in response to the complex being projected to drawn more than 500,000 visitors per year.



Phipps




Closson


During Tuesday’s meeting, Closson asked project organizers why the city needs to rebate its 1.5% sales tax in the business district. He has estimated that if the district generates $50 million annually, the city budget will lose out on $750,000 per year and a total of $15 million over 20 years in sales tax revenue.

His question was addressed by representatives from Mattoon-based Rural King Realty, LLC, which has offered to donate 110 acres of property for the complex and to recruit new commercial development on approximately 40 adjacent acres that it owns. Rural King has been drafting this proposal in partnership with the Mattoon in Motion community planning effort. The sports facility will be owned and operated by a planned Mattoon Sports Complex, Inc. non-profit.

John Hansen, managing director …….

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MATTOON — Plans for a 110-acre Mattoon Sports Complex with a 140,000-square-foot indoor facility are set to move forward to the next stages of development.

The Mattoon City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the city’s official intent to support development of the $66.08 million complex, with other votes to come on this project. The council also voted, unanimously, to create a Remington Road-Interstate 57 business district to help finance this project, which will be developed in this district near the southwest corner of I-57 and Illinois Route 16.

Mayor Rick Hall, who joined Dave Cox and Sandra Graven in voting for the intent measure, said he hopes…….

MATTOON — Plans for a 110-acre Mattoon Sports Complex with a 140,000-square-foot indoor facility are set to move forward to the next stages of development.

The Mattoon City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the city’s official intent to support development of the $66.08 million complex, with other votes to come on this project. The council also voted, unanimously, to create a Remington Road-Interstate 57 business district to help finance this project, which will be developed in this district near the southwest corner of I-57 and Illinois Route 16.

Mayor Rick Hall, who joined Dave Cox and Sandra Graven in voting for the intent measure, said he hopes…….

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