Lee's Summit hopes sports complex kicks off soon - KCTV5

Lee's Summit hopes sports complex kicks off soon

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Officials in Lee's Summit remain optimistic that a proposed sports complex and mixed-use development will lift off soon.

The city has an agreement with Happy Valley LLC for the development of the property at View High Drive and Interstate 470. The city owns nearly 80 acres in the area.

According to city documents, the sports complex is envisioned as a state-of-the-art outdoor soccer complex with 14 lighted, synthetic turf fields that would allow for use most of the year. The fields can be used for lacrosse and other sports. There would be a clubhouse with offices, concessions and retail shops.

In addition, a 550,000-square-foot mixed-use entertainment development would be built nearby. The "village" would include retail shops, restaurants, 120 residences and a 200-room hotel. The village would offer open spaces and hiking and biking trails to connect to the sports complex.

The City Council last week received an update on efforts to bring the project to fruition. The hope is to present the public and private financing plan for the $230 million construction project to the council in the next couple of months.

Residents interviewed Monday said that they are excited about the prospect of new businesses and soccer games. They said they would like being able to enjoy the amenities in Lee's Summit rather than having to drive to other communities.

Leslie Andrews said he supports soccer and growing its popularity.

"I love Sporting Kansas City and I know there's a lot of youth soccer around," Andrews said.

Others fear the project will saturate the market.

"We have quite a few parks ... and several soccer parks so I don't see a need to build another one so close," Matt Arnold said.

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