An athletic complex master plan drawn up by consultants working with a stadium committee and cost estimates for a project at either City Park or land near Tippecanoe High School were shared Monday, Jan. 9, with the Tipp City schools board of education.
Mike Ruetschle of Ruetschle Architects talked with the board about the conceptual design and estimates as part of the ongoing work on a possible stadium project. The schools and city agreed to share the $20,000 cost for the conceptual design and detailed cost estimates.
Ruetschle said the plan was drawn up after four meetings with the committee of representatives of the city council, city staff, board of education, school leaders and the Tipp Pride citizens committee working to raise money privately for a stadium.
“This is the master plan … the vision,” Ruetschle said.
“You did a great job of bringing it to life,” Superintendent Gretta Kumpf told Ruetschle after the master plan presentation.
The cost estimates for a stadium at either the park or near the high school include hard costs – such as site work, parking lot, bleachers, turf, buildings and lighting – plus soft costs – such as design, permits, insurance - along with a 10 percent contingency.
The cost for a park athletic complex was listed at $6,169,561 and the high school athletic complex at $7,129,139.
A key cost difference would be in providing parking. An expansion of parking in an area of City Park would cost an estimated $147,700 compared to $1,198,146 for stadium parking at the high school.
The cost will be among factors considered by the board as it reviews the options and selects a site with a decision possibly being made Jan. 23.
School board President Sam Spano said the stadium project location would be a “key factor” in private funding.
“We are seeking to pay with private funds as much as possible,” he said. “We keep hearing … there appears to be more support to provide non-district dollar funding for the location being at the park rather than at the school. That also has to play into some of our decision making as well.”
Board member Frank Maus asked for more information on how a stadium at the park would be utilized compared to one at the high school. Kumpf said information would be collected for an answer to that question.
The school board voted Monday to approve an agreement to conduct soil borings at the high school property and at the City Park stadium site with Professional Service Industries Inc. for a total of $7,465.
The results will be available for the board discussion Jan. 23, said Gary Pfister, school’s Director of Services.
Council was asked Jan. 3 to consider paying $4,235 for the soil borings at City Park, but no decision was made. The city owns the stadium at City Park and leases it long term to the school district.
Council members Joe Gibson and Carrie Arblaster said they wanted more information before deciding on the soil borings. Council agreed the borings bill would be part of a planned Jan. 17 discussion on the stadium and the city’s role in any renovation/new construction projects.
Councilman John Kessler said park soil borings would give the city information for down the road when work eventually would be needed at the park no matter what happens with the stadium. The borings later would only cost more in the future, he said.
Councilman Matt Owen agreed.
“I don’t want to do a single thing to slow up what they say they are going to vote on Jan. 23,” Mayor Pat Hale said.