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Clarksville sports complex would cost $79M to $81M
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The difference in cost between Clarksville’s potential sports complex sites at Tiny Town Road or Rossview Road is about $2 million, but much more will determine where the city council decides to put the multimillion-dollar site. During the council’s special session Tuesday, Lose & Associates, the consulting group hired by the city, presented its findings on the development costs and impact either site would have on the city. The building cost for the site at 1850 Rossview Road near Exit 8 would be $81,421,350, according to Cris Camp, president of Lose & Associates. The cost for the site at 2174 Tiny Town Road near Exit 1 would be about $2 million less at $79,472,607. Sinkholes, Camp said, are a major concern for them at the Tiny Town Road site, while sinkholes at the Rossview site would not be as big of a problem. Traffic, according to the study, also is lighter near the Rossview Road site compared with Tiny Town Road. “From the technical side of the land locations, (Rossview) is clearly the better site,” Camp told the council.
THE LEAF CHRONICLE Disagreement on athletic complex location However, some council members didn’t agree. Ward 2 Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin said she thought the Tiny Town Road area would be more appealing to developments, such as hotels, compared with the Exit 8 area. “I feel like there’s more development potential on the Tiny Town Road location by private developers than there would be at the Exit 8 area,” McLaughlin said. “… Tiny Town Road, it’s ripe for development.” Ward 1 Councilman Richard Garrett pointed out how the Rossview Road site is not in city limits and would have to be annexed by the city. “I don’t think it’s the project for Montgomery County considering the constituents seem so opposed to any development in that area,” Garrett said. “We need to take care of what we already have inside the city limits,” McLaughlin said. Both sites would require rezoning before construction could start. “All things being equal, I can’t recommend the Tiny Town Road site based on the geology,” Camp said. “It’s a potential nightmare. You already had flooding issues just across (Interstate 24) because you’re overtaxing those sinkholes in the north part of the city.” Ward 11 Councilman Bill Powers suggested the city listen to the consulting group and if it recommends the Rossview Road site, he would vote that way as well. “I think the best thing I’ve heard from Mr. Camp is that he’s been doing this for 32 years,” Powers said. “It’s evident to me that he knows his stuff, and if he thinks the best site is Rossview, I have to accept it.”
The Tiny Town Road site is 390.9 acres and would cost about $17,679 per acre for the city. Rossview is 396 acres and would cost $15,228 per acre, according to the study. THE LEAF CHRONICLE Soccer goals might be met by Clarksville sports complex According to Camp’s presentation, impacts of any site would include an increase in traffic, noise and lighting glare from the sports fields. Traffic on Tiny Town Road at Sandpiper Drive and Tara Drive has about 22,692 cars and 25,702 cars pass through per day, respectively. Rossview Road east of International Boulevard has about 6,839 cars pass through per day, while 9,480 cars pass through on Rossview west of Ellington Gate Drive per day. “The development cost is $2 million difference so that’s pretty much a wash,” Camp said. “It’s the unknowns that you have with Tiny Town and the unlimited potential. You’re looking at Tiny Town Road and Exit 1 as it sits today. I’m not hearing any comments about how you want to develop Exit 8 moving out into the county. “You have thousands of acres of land, and you’ve already got hotels and everything at Exit 4, so you’re building something that could change Clarksville’s future and not be limited like Exit 1 is.”