Progress continues on the city of Huber Heights’ $18 million music center project as well as a $22 million GoodSports Enterprises fieldhouse.
Assistant city manager Scott Falkowski said city staff is working on the music center’s “true” design phase, which includes collecting information from consultants, architects and engineers. The city also is on the verge of acquiring the land along the south side of Executive Boulevard, west of Meijer near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 201 interchange.
City council is expected to vote April 22 on design contracts in addition to a contract to purchase 28 acres of land from Meijer for $2.31 million, Falkowski said. Meijer also will have the right of first refusal on any naming rights for the music center.
On April 23, the city’s planning commission is scheduled to consider the rezoning of the property, from planned employment park to planned mixed use. Council is expected to vote on the rezoning May 13.
“Setting up this use is good for the music center, hotel, fieldhouse, eating establishments — those kinds of uses,” Falkowski said. “It’s a catch-all zoning that tries to combine those aspects into one zoning where they complement each other, rather than splitting it down.”
City Council approved the music center project March 14. A groundbreaking for the center has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 18. The 4,500-seat covered venue ison schedule to open in the summer of 2014.
The music center will be at the west end of the property, with the fieldhouse between it and Meijer. The planning commission will be presented with the detailed development plan of the music center at the end of May or early June, Falkowski said.
The 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse also will feature a 115-room athlete-centric hotel and a restaurant. The fieldhouse will be designed to face I-70 and the hotel will face Executive Blvd., Falkowski said.
Anthony Homer, GoodSports vice president of development, said he expects a “shovel in the ground by September,” with the facility opening in September of next year.
GoodSports representatives visited Huber Heights April 4, a day after members of city staff took a tour of the company’s SportONE Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, Ind.
“We were blown away with how much growth there is in rooftops just north in the Carriage Trails development,” Homer said.
Homer said about 420 temporary jobs will be created during construction, and 30 permanent jobs once the fieldhouse/hotel opens. The site has its “pluses and minuses,” he said, but ideally, he’d prefer the hotel to be closer to the interstate exit.
“There are a set of challenges, but what will offset them will be the traffic for the music center and visibility,” Homer said.
One of the options being considered in the memorandum of understanding is GoodSports having the right of first refusal for potential hotel development closer to the interchange, Homer said. The memorandum of understanding is expected to be finalized in the next two weeks, he said.
Falkowski previously said GoodSports will need about six to eight acres of the 28-acre site. He said the city’s contribution will be the shared parking lot, constructing utilities (water, sewer) and setting up a pad site for the facility — a value of about $2 million.
“This is one of those areas where there is truly a need for a private-public partnership,” Homer said. “We’re excited to be there and we’re looking forward to getting the project underway.”
City officials have said tax increment financing (TIF) money will be used to pay for the $18 million music center, which also includes the property acquisition from Meijer.
The Dayton Daily News has been covering this story closely since we broke the news in early December of Huber Heights’ proposal to build a music center. We will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest updates as they develop.