Council members unanimously approved Tuesday a 40-year lease to build a new regional youth sports complex at the corner of Crosstown and FM 43, and it comes with an interesting financing plan.
With Councilman Rudy Garza recusing himself from the vote, the Council made it possible for San Antonio-based SQH Sports and Entertainment to begin design work on the $20-30 million complex.
Corpus Christi native and company partner Bert Quintanilla said the six years he has spent on the project did not go to waste.
The company provided artist renditions of one of the outdoor ballfields and soccer fields, as well as an indoor court. The project includes fourteen outdoor sports fields, and indoor facilities including a restaurant and convention rooms.
The project will not cost taxpayer money, and in fact, the company expects the complex will attract more than 400,000 visitors per year and will generate almost $19 million for the complex alone.
Construction should begin on the project in nine months and take a couple of years to complete.