by Max Brantley
Files and fellow developer Lee Webb are building a long-planned softball complex for the city of Fort Smith at Chaffee Crossing. They say the complex will feature eight fields designed to host a range of youth or adult sports tournaments and activities that include softball and baseball.
In 2014, the city agreed to buy a completed product, dubbed the River Valley Sports Complex, for $1.6 million, then lease it to Webb and Files to operate. At an estimated cost $4.3 million, the facility will be built with the city’s $1.6 million along with donations and in-kind services, according to the developers.
So far the city has released about $400,000 of the $1.6 million based on construction milestones.
“Getting the dirt work done, I think, was the hardest challenge out there,” Parks Director Doug Reinert said Monday. “Now hopefully they are going to start putting up walls for some structures.”
A completion date for the project is March 31.