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CAUTION Urges Restraint on GoodSports Proposal

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Group Continues Incentive Fight, Warns of Private Competitor to Facility  

Site plan shows a mix of buildings, including the multi-sport center at left, office buildings along I-77 Service Road at right. A new road would connect the service road to Lake Pines Drive at the bottom.

Site plan shows a mix of buildings, including the multi-sport center at left, office buildings along I-77 Service Road at right. A new road would connect the service road to Lake Pines Drive at the bottom.

Charlotte, NCApril 2, 2014 – Common Americans United to Inspire OUR Nation (CAUTION) announced today that it is urging the Economic Development Committee of the Charlotte City Council to oppose continued negotiations with GoodSports, Inc at its April 3, 2014 meeting due to a similar, private, facility being planned in nearby Cornelius, NC.

GoodSports, Inc, a Sarasota, FL based developer is seeking to partner with the City of Charlotte in the creation of a hotel-sports complex in East Charlotte. The proposed $72 million project would include an upfront $18 million subsidy from the City in addition to a $1 per year lease on land near Bojangles Coliseum. The project would include an 85,000 square foot “field house” and attempt to become a regional hub for amateur sports competitions.

Meanwhile, according to CorneliusNews.net, developers in North Mecklenburg “have proposed a Sports Village off I-77 Exit 28 in Cornelius that could have a significant economic impact on the Lake Norman area, providing a venue for hosting regional and national youth and adult tournaments and alleviating a shortage of courts for everything from basketball to volleyball to futsal (indoor soccer).”  The 24 acre site would include a 150,000 square foot sports complex, possibly including an ice rink, as well as additional office space.

Other than a rezoning, the project is not looking to acquire government subsidy.

Christian Hine, the President of CAUTION, said in a statement, “While our organization is typically opposed to  incentive packages in general, I would hope that those who would disagree with us generally can see the fallacy of having the City expend taxpayer resources towards a project that will likely be facing significant private competition in the near future.”

CAUTION is recommending that the general public contact the members of the Economic Development Committee before their meeting on Thursday to make sure they know there is opposition to incentives in general, as well as the potential conflict with this particular proposal.

The members and their contact information are as follows:

Michael Barnes: barnesforcharlotte@gmail.com, 704-509-6141
Claire Fallon: cfallon@charlottenc.gov, 704-336-6105
Vi Lyles: vlyles@charlottenc.gov, 704-336-3431
Al Austin: aaustin@charlottenc.gov, 704-336-3185
Lawana Mayfield: lmayfield@charlottenc.gov, 704-336-3435 (office) or 704-352-7305 (cell)

CAUTION is a Charlotte based group of concerned citizens seeking open, honest, transparent, and fiscally responsible government. The organization meets weekly on Mondays at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille.

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