sportsplexMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/21/20) — Plans have changed regarding the future location of a Regional Sports Complex in Hopkins County.

The city of Madisonville and Hopkins County government propose to split the cost to purchase 23.41 acres of land at the end of Mid Town Commons Boulevard in Madisonville.

Madisonville plans to budget $425,000 in surplus funds for its half of the purchase, which is not listed as a budgeted item, contingent upon appraisal price and county approval.

County magistrates will cast their votes during a called meeting related to the partnership 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Madisonville Mayor Kevin Cotton attended this morning’s Fiscal Court meeting at the Government Center, and went into a closed session meeting with Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield and other officials afterward. Some members of the press were not invited to sit in on the meeting.

The county government previously acquired 100 acres of land off I-69 in 2010 for $200,000, with plans to construct a Regional Sports Complex, although getting utilities to that area and cost to construct the then $4 million venue held up development.

It is estimated the county has about $1 million tied up in land development that included grant funding and tourism commission dollars off I-69 near Mortons Gap. The county opted to surplus the property in 2017, but reversed that decision since grant funds tied up in previous work would likely have to be reimbursed.

Madisonville City Council unanimously voted in favor of the $800,000 land purchase partnership/agreement from property developer Don Ershig of Henderson during the meeting held tonight at City Hall. The city estimates deed work/legal fees would cost $50,000.

Cotton said he and Whitfield would like to move aggressively forward with the project, which has been on the table for more than a decade.

“We (Cotton and Whitfield) have been discussing this for more than a year,” the mayor said.

Whitfield said he feels confident the project will move forward due to the city and county partnership, which has been a stopping point in the past.

“We’d love to have it in Mortons Gap, but it’s not going to work there, financially,” Whitfield said. “I think (Mid Town Commons) is the best location. It’s central and easy to get to, and has resources to sustain it,” related to nearby restaurants and motels.

According to the proposed preliminary plan, there will be a 75,000-square-foot indoor Sports Complex and three outdoor diamonds for baseball/softball play. A cost for construction/funding plans for the complex has not yet been announced.

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