- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - Olathe officials have approved a privately-owned soccer complex that will include nine all-weather artificial turf fields.

The Olathe City Council on Tuesday approved the 96-acre project, with an estimated cost of $65 million.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/2qGCTMF ) the complex is expected to open Jan. 1, 2019. It will include retail space and two hotels.

Pete Heaven, attorney for the developers, says the project will not require Olathe tax dollars because the retail and hotels are expected to generate $13 million in its first year of operation.

However, the project could qualify for up to $8 million in tax increment financing and $4.5 million in community improvement district financing if it meets certain criteria.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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