Chesterfield Approves $35 Million Complex 

FROM THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

CHESTERFIELD, MO — The Chesterfield City Council narrowly approved plans for a massive, $35 million youth sports and education complex, but deferred action on a related property purchase.

By a vote of 4 to 3, the council approved a resolution creating a development agreement and ground lease between the city and Big Sports Properties LLC for 52 acres of land east of the city’s Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex.

The council, however, delayed authorizing the purchase of 22 acres of the proposed project site until Big Sports can demonstrate $23 million of firm, binding financial commitments. Big Sports has to provide those commitments prior to June 1, City Administrator Mike Geisel said.

Plans are for a POWERplex facility, including construction of a dome with multiple playing fields capable of hosting simultaneous baseball, basketball, volleyball, softball and football games.

There also would be 50,000 square feet of office space and a 40,000-square-foot education center, a 220-room hotel, restaurants, retail stores, an urgent care facility, fitness center, zip lines and a climbing wall. The nonprofit athletic facilities would be supported by revenue from the hotel, restaurants, fitness center and other for-profit enterprises.

Estimates are that construction on the complex could begin within 18 months, so the facility could be open as early as 2018.