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Goddard considering pool development project

GODDARD, Kan. (AP) -- A small south-central Kansas town near Wichita is considering a project that would include an Olympic-sized swimming venue, a hotel and a dinosaur-themed education park.

The Goddard City Council voted Monday to schedule a public hearing Nov. 18 to discuss financing the project, KWCH reported (http://bit.ly/15jPR4L ).

An independent marketing firm that evaluated the plans as required by state law estimated the complex would bring in 2.4 million visitors a year, as well as hundreds of jobs. Goddard, which is located in suburban Wichita, has about 4,300 residents

"We're looking at generating roughly 469 jobs to the community," said City Administrator Brian Silcott. "As well as the roughly 1000 construction jobs on the phase 1 development."

Silcott said the pool, which would be operated by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, would be the site of swimming, diving and water polo competitions, and could also be an eventual site for Olympic regional competitions.

Goddard plans to finance the complex by selling STAR bonds, and the sales tax from the development would pay off the bonds. The project is one of three potential star bond projects around the Wichita.