July 9, 2018

Developer plots $200M mega-sports complex in W. Locks with stadiums, hotels, 500 jobs

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A rendering of All Sports Village in Windsor Locks across a 76-acre lot on Route 20.

A developer has announced plans to build and operate a $150 million to $200 million multi-sport complex in Windsor Locks featuring two roughly 6,000-seat stadiums, turf fields, retail space and hotels.

JABS Sports Management LLC on Monday said it filed a general plan of development with the town's Planning and Zoning Commission to construct a sports complex across a 76-acre lot on Route 20 between Interstate I-91 and Old County Road, which is currently used as a tobacco farm. The complex would be known as All Sports Village (ASV).

JABS, which acquired an option to purchase the property, says the project will create 400 full-time jobs and 100 part-time jobs with at least 25 percent of those jobs going to Windsor Locks residents.

The developer anticipates an opening in summer 2020.

Under the plans, the developers have proposed to construct an indoor arena and outdoor stadium (between 5,000 to 7,000 seats), and 16 indoor basketball courts that can be converted into 32 volleyball courts. The sports venue would also house eight synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, flag football, softball and field hockey.

The plans also feature dormitories to house teams participating in ASV events, a 70,000-square-foot convention room, a fitness center, an entertainment center, sports related medical offices, restaurants, two hotels, a movie theater and retail venues.

The first facility of its kind in the U.S., the developers say the complex will host major tournaments for teams across the country in addition to local leagues and others on the East Coast. Windsor Locks High School athletic teams would be able to use the complex for home games at no charge.

Also, JABS will construct the first 1 miles of a planned three-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail along the Route 20 corridor.

Windsor Locks First Selectman Christopher Kervick says financial details are still being discussed as the developer and the state are negotiating "tax and financing issues." If fully built, Kervick says, the proposed development is worth at least $200 million.

"This is a very exciting proposal that could bring a long list of benefits to the town, so I am hopeful that the financial aspects of the project can be worked out to the satisfaction of everyone," Kervick said.

JABS officials in a statement said the state-of-the-art complex would "draw athletes and their families from around the country to participate in our tournaments."

"The Windsor Locks location is ideal for this facility with easy access to Bradley International Airport, major highways and the numerous amenities in the surrounding area," JABS said. "The ASV project has strong support at the state level."

The developer says it's currently negotiating financial terms with the state Department of Economic Development and the state Department of Transportation.

According to the Journal Inquirer, the developer last year proposed nearly the same $100 million-plus multi-sport complex in Windsor.

New York developer Andrew Borgia, principal of JABS who has two sports complexes in the state, presented the near identical plans to Windsor's zoning commission in July 2017. The slightly smaller operation called to create just over 200 jobs in the Windsor community.

Following Monday's announcement, Windsor Town Planner Eric Barz said Borgia did not file an application for the sports complex in town, adding that the proposal changed several times before he went away quietly.

"It seemed like it was a moving target," Barz said.

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