Plans are moving forward to bring a new sports complex to Round Rock, with a ground breaking expected as early as this fall.
Chad McDowell, general services director with the City of Round Rock, said the city estimates spending between $12 million and $14 million on the complex with an exact dollar amount expected before the start of construction.
“We are still in the programming stages at this time and will have to make some decisions once the estimates come in,” McDowell said. “Until we finish programming the facility, we will not have an exact amount. The original amount was $12 million, but as the programming is going forward we anticipate the complex to be at the higher end.”
Finance Director Cheryl Delaney said voters approved a 2 percent increase in the hotel occupancy tax in November that will fund the complex.
The 23-acre site at 2400 Chisholm Trail is situated between the Austin North Holiday Inn and a FedEx freight center. McDowell said he expects the ground breaking to occur sometime this fall, with construction completed by December 2013. In addition to the construction, the city plans to hire one full-time staffer as a director of the complex who will manage the facility’s budget.
When complete, the venue would be a site to host Amateur Athletic Union events such as volleyball and basketball tournaments and more.
McDowell said Round Rock builders Chasco Contractors were selected as construction managers for the project.