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League City City Council
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy League City
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

League City City Council, in a special meeting on Tuesday, voted unanimously to approve a pre-development agreement with a private developer for a public-private venture to build a new city sportsplex on city-owned property on the west side of Interstate Highway 45.

The developer is proposing a mixed-use development for live entertainment, hotels, shops, restaurants, recreational activities, professional sports and Class A office space at the site of the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex.

As part of the agreement, the development would include design and construction of a new and larger sportsplex to replace the Davis sportsplex.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community and a win-win for taxpayers,” said Mayor Pat Hallisey, in a news release. “It’s great for the ballplayers and other users of our sportsplex who will get a band new, much larger facility and for our City in general as we grow our non-residential tax base.” News Release

Several council members spoke in support of the partnership.

“We can't afford to spend $35 million on new ball fields when we're looking at $235 million of needed infrastructure projects,” Council Member Nick Long said. “This project enables us to kind of kill two birds with one stone, to get the new needed ball fields built, but then also general a significant amount of tax dollars without sacrificing the city's portion of those dollars, and at the same time use that money to reinvest in the infrastructure projects coming down the pipe.”

Council Member Hank Dugie noted that the action was a pre-development agreement, and that there were still steps remaining.

“So far we're on the right path, things are going the right direction,” Dugie said.

Hallisey stressed that the city was not providing financial incentive for the project.

“It is a true public-private partnership, but we did not entice them with financial contributions to them,” he said.

No other action items were on the agenda. Council members Dan Becker and Keith Gross were absent. Agenda

To view a video of the meeting, Click Here

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