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Final approval given for baseball-softball complex

A new baseball-softball complex set to be built on North Green River Road received final approval from the county council Wednesday afternoon.

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau is celebrating the big win for the city. The county council approved a $14 million bond for the CVB to go forward with the complex, that's in addition to the $7 million already set aside in the bank.

The complex will have eight ball fields in two pinwheels. Each pinwheel will have a concession stand, playground areas and a walking trail around the entire complex.

Officials say the complex not only adds to the city and county's parks, but it's also key for economic development in the area. Officials say the complex is expected to exceed the profits of the downtown convention hotel in just its first few years.

Construction is expected to begin in January and be completed by the end of the year. Officials say the master plan is state of the art. 

"We want this to really be like Disneyland as far as when you go through the gates. It's going to be pristine. It's going to be a beautiful park. We don't want to build a watered down version of a sports complex. We want this to be A1, #1," said John Montrastelle with the CVB.

In the first year, the complex is expected to host 10 tournaments which means about $5.3 million coming into our area.

By the second year, that number will almost double to $10.5 million.

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