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Public Debate On Soccer Complex and YMCA Starts With Formal Proposal

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:31:50 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Citizens Advocating for Area Youth has unveiled its $32 million proposal for west side soccer fields in Normal and a community center and YMCA on the south side of Bloomington. One of the members, Dave Magers, says the eight year plan is modest in cost for the public.

Another way to put it is 25 cents on a hundred dollar purchase. The tax hike would raise $4 million a year and sunset after eight years.

There would be 26 soccer fields, two of them artificial turf, nine fields lighted, nine fields irrigated, amenities, and parking for a thousand vehicles off of West College Avenue, Wylie Drive, and 150. The Y and community center would be off R.T. Dunn Drive in the location of the vacant Tom's Parkway Foods building. It would include a poor, two gymnasiums, locker rooms, a wellness center, fine arts space, and several other amenities. Reverend Frank spoke passionately at the unveiling of the plan.

Developer Jeff Tinervan says the kind of facilities proposed certainly crucial to him when he was growing up.

The coalition hopes to address the Bloomington and Normal Councils next month. If elected officials approve, construction for the soccer complex could begin in October and work on the Community Center could ramp up next spring.

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