Three Rivers sports complex will move forward following court ruling

The Michigan Court of Appeals has denied Lockport Township’s challenge to an issue related to development of a multi-field sports complex in Three Rivers.

In a one-sentence statement issued Wednesday morning, the court stated: “ … the application for leave to appeal is denied for lack of merit in the grounds presented.”

The appeal stems from a January decision by Jeff Middleton, acting in the capacity of St. Joseph County Circuit Court judge, to deny Lockport Township’s motion to stay the state boundary commission’s earlier ruling.

Despite the pending status of the appeal’s ruling, construction on the $4.2 million, 17-field project started earlier this summer and includes ongoing excavating in advance of an anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony in the spring.

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry said it appears Lockport Township has exhausted every legal option. He said it’s a relief to have the long, drawn-out process in the past.

Lockport Township’s legal representative for the case, Seth Koches of the Kalamazoo firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kauffman, was not available for comment Wednesday.

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