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Moscow Mills attempting to attract planned sports complex

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

By Bob Simmons

The city of Moscow Mills officials have taken the initial step in making a bid to become the home of the proposed largest indoor/outdoor baseball and softball complex in America to be known as the POWERplex.
Mayor Mike Clynch sent a letter to Dan Buck, managing partner of Big Sports Properties, LLC, the project developer.
“I saw in the newspaper where an agreement between the developers and the city of Chesterfield stalled, so I forwarded information about the availability of the Crossroads acreage at Route U and Hwy. 61,” said Clynch adding infrastructure is already to the property as well as a TIF (tax increment funding) and TDD is in place.
Buck responded to Clynch’s proposal in a letter, stating “ while we have been approached by dozens of communities across the bi-state region, we feel the potential in your community offer some unique opportunities worth exploring.”
Moscow Mills officials approved the next step in the process on June 12 by supporting Clynch. Clynch requested the city complete a survey where the developers and partners will gain more definitive information and assess the cooperation and excitement of the interested cities. This survey request was only sent to selected cities. The survey must be returned back by June 23.
Clynch is getting more than just Moscow Mills involved in the effort.
“I’m soliciting information and support including Dr. Mark Penny of the school district, Mayor Cross (Mark) of Troy, the chamber of commerces in Moscow Mills and Troy, the county industrial development office, and others,” he said. “This will take a regional approach with surrounding counties as well. Again, it is only a proposal but I’m excited that Moscow Mills and Lincoln County could possibly become involved.”
If Moscow Mills receives a reply from the survey, Clynch will lead a delegation down to St. Louis for a formal presentation.
With the complex and the associated businesses which will result, the economic impact alone will be staggering.
“The anchor community will be the greatest winner, having millions of new dollars coming from families traveling to the POWERplex from an eight-state region,” Buck wrote in his reply to Clynch.
Buck said once the surveys have been submitted, there is a steering committee consisting of investors and others who will review the information, a points system in the evaluation will be used and then decisions will be made.