The Spokane parks department has reached an agreement with KXLY that will improve the Southeast Sports Complex while KXLY develops its property next door.
The sports complex will get new parking areas, better access off Regal Street, new restrooms, a new pathway and a new soccer field.
In exchange, KXLY will have an improved commercial development. Parking near the soccer fields will be shared by park users and customers to the new development at Regal and Palouse Highway.
“We feel like it’s going to be a great combination for this area,” said Garrett Jones, of the parks department.
In addition to getting improvements, the city parks department will no longer have to maintain any of the parking for the soccer complex, he said.
“We can refocus our resources into a recreational facility,” he said.
The public-private arrangement was approved by the Park Board in May.
It is made up of three legal agreements.
The first is a license and development agreement in which KXLY gets improved access to the planned shopping center and takes ownership of a smaller city parcel at the southeast corner of the soccer complex.
The city will have authority to review and approve plans.
The second agreement is an easement to allow construction on both city park property and the separate parcel owned by the city outside of park department authority. That part of the arrangement includes an access and reciprocal parking agreement.
That smaller city parcel, not the soccer complex property, would be deeded to KXLY.
The third agreement is a lease for the new soccer field to be located on the southwest corner of the complex on KXLY property.
Jones said the lease is for 20 years with an option to renew for another 20 years.
Restrooms are going to be rebuilt to the west of their existing location, and they will include a storage area.
Landscaping, way-finding, sidewalks and a future bus stop are included in the plan so far.
The plan was developed in consultation with the Southgate Neighborhood, including the inclusion of a trail, which is consistent with the neighborhood master plan, Jones said.
“The reality is you are not going to see a physical boundary” between the complex and the retail development, Jones said.
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