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Indoor Soccer Complex Could Come to Dearborn

The Recreation Commission discussed possible plans at their meeting on Tuesday.

At Tuesday night's meeting of the Dearborn Recreation and Parks Commission, it was announced that two developers are looking into building an multi-field indoor soccer facility in Dearborn.

Director of Recreation and Parks Greg Orner confirmed that there have been talks amongst the two companies, the city, the Dearborn Soccer Club and Ford Land—the land developer of Ford Motor Company–to construct the facility. One developer, he said, is significantly closer to making the commitment.

Much of the success of the project rides on the popular Dearborn Soccer Club, which hosts a multitude of soccer teams for all ages and has been in existence for more than 20 years.

“I think the soccer club (was) looked at as an entity that's going to provide a ton of business for this building,” Orner said. “I think their contribution is the 1,600 soccer players that are really going to flock to this facility.”

While that group is looking at multiple locations in the city, there is one location that Orner said could solve multiple problems facing the Recreation Department: the .

Currently, however, the Rotunda Ballfields are in serious need of repair, Commissioner Louie Moussa said at the meeting.

“The fields are horrible, everything has to be revamped,” he said. “I don't know how they play on those fields.”

Orner said in an ideal deal, the business building the indoor soccer facility would also then renovate the ballfields. The land, which is currently owned by Ford, would be leased or bought cheaply by the city in return for absorbing baseball teams from Ford's baseball league—which currently play at Rotunda—into the city's.

The area, which covers about 40 acres, could fit could three or four hardball diamonds and placing them in the same area would make upkeep and maintenance easier too, Orner said.

In addition, could potentially play at those fields, too.

Orner, however, stressed that this discussion is all highly speculative and that Rotunda Ballfields is not the developer's first choice for a soccer facility. He added that it's not even assured that the indoor facility will come to Dearborn.

Because of the speculative nature of the matter, Orner did not want to release the names of the companies that had been in talks with the Dearborn Soccer Club and the city. Furthermore, any kind of completion or start time is unknown, but Orner added that the city will be meeting with Ford Land in the next few weeks to discuss the project.

Cruisma August 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Seriously??? All I am reading is one expense for Dearborn residents after another. Even if they get the field built for private money - who is going to maintain it? If you have to build it - make the users pay to cover the maintainance. Dearborn is going, no, already has gone, so far downhill, it makes me very sad. Once upon a time it was a great place to live - not any more. If the Mayor & City Council (plus the complete lack of ordinance enforcement - which an inspector personally told me they are told not to enforce) didn't ruin the city, the housing values wouldn't be so far in the tank & we could move out of here.
R. EALLY August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What a great Idea... Yes Rotunda fiels are a mess.... If that could be turned into a classy location that would attract people and tournaments to Dearborn, and on top of that build a soccer facility that would again show off Dearborn as a great place to live and play that would be awesome... Hopefully the Ford "family" will pitch in to help our city. This would be a great addition to help us be competitive with other local cities that have left us in their dust... time to get Dearborn back as a highlight city in our community
R. EALLY August 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Cruisma... if you want to go...go! The good deal you will get on your new house elsewhere will make up for your loss here...... That is what I did... but I stayed in our great city... I had to take a $40,000 loss on my old house, but on my new one in the same area, I saved $60,000... So it was a win for me.... Also, tell me the name of one city around here that is tougher on hosing ordinances than Dearborn... many people wont move here because of that...and most cities don't even do inspections anymore.... so we are by far at least in the top 20% if not higher in creating tough standards on new house sales....... Wake up and smell the coffee....
Another day, another waste of money August 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Here we go again. Wasn't there some huge athelic complex recently built on Warren between Ann Arbor Trail and Telegragh? Wayne Conty something. Why not utilize this instead of building another huge white elephant like the Performing Arts Center. Dearborn City Government seems to not be able to spend taxpayers money fast enough. New City Hall, Camp Dearborn cabins, new Milford Trail connection let's build more useless pocket parks sandwiched between two buildings on Mich Ave. What's with that stupid light pole there??? Did we buy that too? ,,,,don't they realize they are spending this city broke? I am waiting for Mayor McCheese to start up discussion fro the Conference Center next to the bankrupt Hyatt...something else to burn money on. As soon as my kid graduate, I am outta here!!! This City leaderhip is a joke.
Bob August 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Okay, am I missing something here? I think it's fine if a company wants to come to Dearborn and build an indoor soccer complex. However, I'm not understanding why the city has to be involved at all? Why can't the company lease or buy the land from Ford? Why does the city have to pay anything? Maybe I'm just not familiar with how this works, but I don't get it.
Donna Hay August 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Didn't the city put a lot of money into a soccer field at Crowley Park?
Rich August 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
<<Currently, however, the Rotunda Ballfields are in serious need of repair, >> I was always under the belief - obviously a mistaken one - that if you owned property here (anywhere actually) you were obligated/required to do whatever it takes every year to maintain it good condition. I'm constantly getting the impression that this 'requirement' does NOT apply to city-owned properties. Just look at that old, "under-utilized" (remember this is what kind of facility ArtSpace looks at for their use), piece-of-@#^$^ that is PRESENTLY called the City Hall.
Giacomo Bologna August 18, 2012 at 02:51 AM
One of the points that Greg Orner strongly stressed was that this is all entirely speculative at this point — especially the part about Rotunda Ballfields being owned by the city. He emphasized that the business group interested in building an indoor soccer facility actually prefer locations other than Rotunda more, which would make the chances of this still speculative plan more unlikely.
Vinent August 18, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Orners vague responses to questions thrown to him the other night were typical Orner,so vague that he really wasn't telling you anything. It was typical of the O'Reiily administration in general, and by the way where was the big fellow at, so we could ask him some questions on the subject at hand. Half-ass handling of City questions as usual.
Donna Hay August 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Seems to me that the 'city hall move' was just talk to and look what happened there.
cmg August 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Great idea. Good for the community. Right now we have to go to Taylor or Canton for our kids or us as adults to play soccer. Yes Hype was just built, but I believe it's oriented for basketball. Ford Perf Arts Center is imo way too much money to join and keep a membership, needs to be more family oriented priced, I would love to go but costs too much. How about you can play soccer and basketball in the facility like they do in Canton? A multi sports complex would be great!!!!
Outside looking in February 02, 2013 at 01:25 AM
At least Dearborn employees took a 10% pay cut! More money for them to waste!

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