GoodSports Enterprises has received another extension on the field house complex it’s supposed to build at K-96 and Greenwich, but it looks like this may be the last one.
“Given the timeline for the ultimate success of the project, I don’t believe that any of the parties, including the bond owners, are interested in any further extension,” says Korb Maxwell, an attorney for master developer Wichita Destination Developers.
GoodSports developer Jerald Good didn’t return a call to comment.
Originally, Good was supposed to finalize financing, architecture plans and building permits to start construction by Jan. 1. Then the master developer and the city gave Good an extension to Feb. 1.
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The new extension is to Feb. 23.
“From the developer’s perspective, we laid out a clear timeline and the steps that are necessary for GoodSports to be in compliance,” Maxwell says. “All of us are hopeful that the GoodSports team … will comply with the letter.”
If not, he says, “The (master) developer stands ready to perform the obligations under the agreement.”
Good and Wichita Destination Developers have been working for several years to build a 65,000-square-foot multisport athletic facility, which will target regional and national tournaments, and an adjacent 120-room hotel for young athletes and their families. It will be on a 13-acre parcel at K-96 and Greenwich.
The master developer is responsible for infrastructure improvements, which Maxwell says have been made.
The city is responsible for a new interchange for K-96, which is nearing completion.
GoodSports is receiving a portion of the $122 million sales tax and revenue bonds that are going to improve the area, including the K-96 interchange.
“We have an obligation to the state to have this project completed,” says City Manager Robert Layton.
If deadlines aren’t met, he says, the city jeopardizes money it has received for the work it has done.
“It’ll be my recommendation that this be the last extension,” Layton says.
“The council will make that final decision.”
Layton says he’s hopeful Good will meet the new deadline.
“We’ve worked with him over a significant amount of time.”
He says Good is part of the team that conceived the project and brought it to the city.
“I sill think it’s a good one.”
Layton says he has not lost confidence in Good.
“If he’s unable to perform by the 23rd, then that will be a different story.”