The Edmond Sun

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December 4, 2013

3 major projects making progress

EDMOND — Members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce got a glimpse of new Edmond developments at Tuesday’s quarterly chamber luncheon.

The Public Safety Center, Summit Sports Complex and the YMCA Recreation and Aquatic Center were highlighted.

Economic development is on the rise with the new $15 million Summit Sports Complex. The complex is being developed on the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Covell.

“We’ve got plans for two more hotels right in front of this complex,” said Davis Hudiburg, investor. The lead investors also include Mike Miller, Rodney Bates and Derek Turner.

The regional hub for youth and adult sports will be an Edmond cornerstone through the 21st century, the investors said.

“We looked at the growth of Oklahoma. We looked at the growth of Edmond,” Hudiburg said. “We looked at the growth of youth sports here itself. We can sustain something like this here.”

The groundbreaking for the 155,000-square-foot facility is anticipated in the spring. Designed as a sports enthusiast’s dream, the complex likely will open with a new name during the summer of 2015.

“Think about all the tax dollars this will bring into Edmond, with everybody playing basketball and soccer …” Hudiburg said.

Summit Sports Complex will house eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts and two indoor soccer fields under one roof, said Brad Lund, who is part of the Summit management team with Sold Out Strategies.

“Girls’ volleyball is busting at the seams, especially in the Edmond area,” Lund said. “And none of the volleyball clubs have a home they can really call their own, especially one to be proud of.”

Food service, office space, meeting space as well as medical and physical therapy will be housed in the facility.

“This is a special facility not just for Edmond and northwest Oklahoma City, but for this part of the country,” Lund said.

Twenty-thousand square feet will be dedicated to physical therapy and physical fitness. It also will be the training home to the North American Soccer League that will play at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City in 2015.

Edmond YMCA Director Mike Roark said it’s an exciting time to be in Edmond. One reason is the advent of the Edmond YMCA Recreation and Aquatic Center that is expected to open 5 a.m. Feb. 3 at Mitch Park, he said.

The $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is being constructed next to the Multi-Activity Center at Mitch Park. This 103,000-square-foot facility is a partnership by the City of Edmond, YMCA and the Edmond Public Schools.

“We’ve got the regional swim meet coming in February and also the state swim meet,” Roark said.

The geothermal facility will offer a 40,000-square-foot Olympic-size swimming pool with seating for 1,200 people, a 1/8-mile indoor elevated running track and a 13,000-square-foot leisure pool with a life guard and splash pad for younger children, Roark said.

A 9,000-square-foot fitness center will have 50 pieces of cardio equipment. There will be two birthday party rooms and child-watch care center for children 7 years and younger will be available, Roark said. A 130-foot tube slide will be independent of the pool.

Fitness room space will be dedicated to youth ages 8 to 12, Roark said. Administrative offices, locker rooms and an upscale lobby area will be provided.

“We currently have an Edmond Y,” Roark said. “It certainly makes sense to have a Mitch Park YMCA. To make it less confusing, we just went through a process, talked to some local community leaders, our membership and determined that we needed to name it Mitch Park (YMCA) and rename our current Y, the Rankin YMCA.”

Additional progress continues in downtown Edmond with the Public Safety Center. Ground was broken in August at 100 E. First St. to construct the safety center during a two-year period. The $27.478 million complex will combine the Edmond Police Department with Central Communications and Emergency Management.

Laboratory, vehicles, evidence-based storage and other related functions will be located at an auxiliary building at 315 W. 33rd St., said Maj. Steve Thompson, deputy police chief.

A gaping hole at the site is being prepared as a foundation to house the basement jail and three floors above ground to meet the needs of a growing city.

“Four-thousand dump trucks came out of that hole,” Thompson said.

After reaching the sandstone bedrock, Timberlake Construction was challenged to work with water turning the stone to mud. A special leak-proof fabric is being placed around the entire foundation to separate the foundation of concrete from water, Thompson said.

“Right now we’re putting a lot of walls up,” Thompson said.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

 

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