"I think anything north of $20 million seems like a lot of money,” Kevin Frost, 4th Ward Alderman said on Monday. “I don't know who else is going to chip in to pay for it."
Frost and company will face reality now that the city public unveiled the newest estimated cost for the Ingersoll Sports Complex, dubbed "SportsCore on the Rock" by the Rockford Park District. The project is now has a price tag of nearly $21 millon dollars, which is $6 million higher than originally proposed in September 2012.
"I still have concern with respect to the cost, the scope and the budget of the Ingersoll project," Frost says, but added that he still supports the project.
"You want to make sure you're building the right facility and that it meets the demands and needs of local citizens and our visitors," said John Groh, President and CEO of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau."We'll be able to bring in about $16 million in new economic activity."
Tim Dimke, Executive Director of the Park District agrees that visitors will come far and wide to use the facility set to feature eight basketball courts, and 14 volleyball courts spread out over 115,000 square feet.
"30 weekends a year, we'll have in excess of 2,000 people converging on Downtown Rockford, that will need to stay in our area hotels. That will be eating in our downtown restaurants, and in restaurants as they venture back to their hotels."
Dimke adds that the heavy-visitor usage on the weekends will mean a ligher fee for residents if they want to use the "top notch facilities"
"I think it fits nicely with the development with the park district of SportsCore Two," Frost said. "We just have to find a way to do the building for a little less money."