Developers of an indoor youth sports training facility have decided to continue with the project without requesting public funds.
The youth training complex is organized by Hays residents Jeremy Schmeidler and Dustin Washburn, who appeared before the Ellis County Commission last month to inquire about property tax abatements.
County officials could not legally grant that request, but had indicated willingness to possibly provide limited support through use of reserved economic development funds. In efforts to keep the project moving forward as quickly as possible, developers and investors decided to continue using only private funds, Schmeidler said.
The approximately 27,000-square-foot facility will be located 2 miles south of Hays on 240th Avenue. Nine acres of land have been donated, zoned and surveyed for the facility. While it possibly could host tournaments for young athletes, it primarily will serve as a training and practice facility, Washburn said.
The project is expected to be complete by November or December, with on-site dirt and concrete work beginning in the next few weeks. The metal building has been ordered, Washburn said, noting private donations are welcome from those who see value in the facility and would like to participate.
“This is going to be a nice opportunity for our kids of all ages to have access to a facility like this,” Schmeidler said.