One of the goals would be to bring a North American Hockey League Tier 2 junior hockey franchise as a tenant at the proposed sports and entertainment facility, Russell said in January.
Officials want to make a “go/no-go” decision this fall to pursue the financing, design and construction of the sports and entertainment venue as a destination anchor to the Towne Mall redevelopment.
Acting Middletown City Manager Paul Lolli said the city is awaiting the completion of a marketing and feasibility assessment study that is expected sometime in mid-May.
Warren County has also applied for a $500,000 grant from the state for demolition and remediation grant that is also match free.
Russell said the impact of the brownfield remediation grant assists “getting rid of the old and making way for the new.”
“It aides in taking everything back to ‘raw land,’” he said. “It also allows and expedites the project to be accomplished.”
Russell said the proposed Middletown sports and entertainment venue would be able to tie into to the efforts at the Warren County Sports Complex off Ohio 741 in Turtlecreek Twp. that attracted about 1 million visitors and participants to its youth sports fields in its first year.
Last year, the city of Middletown contracted RINKA to do a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the Towne Mall property.
Community Center Partners was hired to do pre-development planning, evaluation, economic structuring and design effort on the proposal for a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, Middletown officials.