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Plans for Kingsport's new sports complex starting to take shape

March 22nd, 2014 8:48 pm by Matthew Lane

Plans for Kingsport's new sports complex starting to take shape

KINGSPORT — The Model City is getting the ball rolling on its new sports complex.

Kingsport is planning to build a new softball/baseball complex on a portion of the old General Shale property along Industry Drive to replace Eastman Chemical Co.'s ballfields on Wilcox Drive. When Eastman announced its $1.6 billion "Project Inspire" reinvestment plan last year, the plan called for a new corporate office building on the site of the company's ballfields.

Eastman has demolished the old fieldhouse and begun grading work for its $74 million office building.

Last week, Kingsport advertised for grading and site work on its sports complex, 35 acres of the General Shale property. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for next week with bids expected to come in by early April.

If the bids are good, Chris McCartt, assistant to the city manager, said staff would bring a recommendation to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen by mid-April and if approved, grading and site work could begin around the first of May.

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