Town hall meeting about LakePoint project tonight
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 25, 2011 | 4983 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Neal Freeman, left, and Judy Sparks point out aspects of the core of the LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center. The core of the development is a 260-acre sports complex with 16 Major League Baseball-sized fields, 12 soccer and lacrosse fields and a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports facility.
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Neal Freeman, left, and Judy Sparks point out aspects of the core of the LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center. The core of the development is a 260-acre sports complex with 16 Major League Baseball-sized fields, 12 soccer and lacrosse fields and a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports facility. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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The proposed sports complex in Emerson created quite a buzz, and now, the public will have a chance to ask questions and hear more about the development.

Emerson Mayor Al Pallone and representatives of LakePoint Sports will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today in council chambers at 700 Highway 293. The event is open to the public.

LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center, which was announced Dec. 17, will sit on 1,380 acres between Interstate 75 and Highway 41 and will feature sports fields, entertainment facilities, retail shops, restaurants, hotels and educational campuses when complete. The core of the development, which boasts three miles of frontage along Interstate 75 including the Red Top Mountain and Emerson-Allatoona interchanges, is a 260-acre sports complex with 16 Major League Baseball-sized fields, 12 soccer and lacrosse fields and a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports facility.

Judy Sparks with LakePoint Sports said in December the group is conservatively estimating the first phase will create 2,000 jobs. Once complete, that number increases to 4,000.

Pallone said today's meeting is "just one of the many meetings we're going to have."

With the direct impact to the region, the mayor said residents from around the county are welcome. "Although the target audience is the residents of Emerson, the town hall meeting is open to the general public. We are aware of the regional impact of this development and, therefore, the interest in such a meeting."

Following an introduction by Pallone, LakePoint will take over, offering a presentation for residents.

"They should have a good presentation that introduces the sports complex, as well as the rest of the development. I have not seen what they are presenting so I can't tell you exactly what they will cover. Given the incredible work that they have produced on the website, I suspect it will be a great presentation," Pallone said, adding that once the presentation is over "we will open it up for Q&A for the LakePoint folks and myself."

Officials with LakePoint said last month they hope to break ground by the end of April, with a projected first pitch in June 2012.

For Pallone, open discussion is key from the outset of a project such as the roughly $1 billion project.

"Communication is critical from the earliest stages of a development. With one of such great potential and impact, I think that it is even more important to let people know what's going on," he said.

For more information, visit www.emersoncityhall.com, www.lakepointsports.com or find them on Facebook at Dream Parks at LakePoint.