County commission proposes amendments to sports complex agreement

Litigation regarding the proposed development of a multi-sports athletic complex in the Three Rivers area has forced county officials to make a few amendments to its facility agreement.
During Wednesday’s county commission executive committee meeting, commissioners agreed to vote on the amendments at next week’s board meeting.
County administrator Pat Yoder said time-sensitive dates had to be revised because of an appeal filed by opponents of Three Rivers’ plan to annex about 80 acres of land from Lockport Township on which to build the complex.
Yoder said:
*A matter of obtaining engineering was supposed to be done by July 1. The amendment calls for the engineering to be secured within 90 days after a decision is made by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
*Construction of the facility originally was to begin by Sept. 1. That date, too, has been moved to within three months after a court of appeals decision is rendered.
*Completion of the complex was to be done by July 1, 2017. Yoder said the amended agreement states within one year after the case is resolved.
The request for amendments came from Pat O’Malley, attorney for the city of Three Rivers. The city received more than $2 million from the county to help with the purchase and development of the property.

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