- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) - A sports complex featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool will be built in the Omaha suburb of La Vista rather than across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Officials say it’s too early to speculate on construction costs, though preliminary plans call for five pools, a tennis center and 13 soccer fields, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1QqGW7f ) reported.

Board of directors chairman Mike Cassling of the Nebraska Multisport Complex said they’re thrilled to see a project that started in 2011 “finally on pace to get rolling.” Gov. Pete Ricketts was among the public officials supporting the project Thursday. He said in a statement that the project will be an economic driver for the state.

The board had been searching for a new site since February, when plans fell through with the city of Omaha to develop the project. The group pulled out because of site problems and a disagreement over public funding following two years of discussions about building the complex in Omaha.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said then the group asked for too much in their negotiations, including $20 million in incentives. Cassling said the group had withdrawn some of those requests, but ultimately decided to back out and seek another location.

The group eyed Council Bluffs, Iowa, but Cassling said securing land there would have taken longer than in La Vista. He noted that both cities were “great partners” to work with.

Organizers are expected to soon conduct land surveys, environmental studies, soil tests and a traffic analysis. They say construction is set to begin as early as this fall and that the complex would likely open in 2017.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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