The Ocoee Commission approved the memorandum of understanding between Montierre Development, PLLC and the city of Ocoee during its Tuesday, Dec. 6, meeting.
This will bring the second largest regional sports and entertainment complex, which will consist of 16 baseball fields, nine batting cages, multi-purpose fields, a recreation park and playground areas, a splash pad area, and a welcome center.
A mixed-use center will be built next to the sports complex consisting of two hotels with about 400 rooms, seven retail or restaurant buildings, about 20,000 square feet of office space and two parking garages that will fit up to 1,600 parking spaces.
Montierre needed to acquire about 148 acres of land along the Ocoee- Apopka Road. According to the agenda, the development will combine what is formally identified as the “Rogers Property” located on Ocoee-Apopka Road with the lands located adjacent to it known as the Chevron Property.
“When we purchased the Rogers Property, the intent was a sports field; we had just not been able to do it,” Commissioner Rosemary Wilsen said. “But, that’s the property, and the plan when we bought it was for that purpose, so this is exciting to me, and I’m hoping we can move forward with this.”
The sports complex will bring a number of benefits to the city of Ocoee, such as an influx of new jobs, enhancement of the environment located within the property, the infrastructure will bring with it the widening of Ocoee-Apopka Road and Fullers Cross Road, increased tax revenue, pay back from the Rogers Property and continued revenue stream as the city will received an annual percentage in profits once the facility is operational.
“I just think that it’s something that we would enjoy,” Mayor Rusty Johnson said.
“This will be driving a lot of guests to the city of Ocoee,” Montierre CEO Jaime Douglas said. “It will be the top destination with anyone associated with travel baseball and beyond, a point of focus for the community. … That’s why we named it the Ocoee Sports Complex.”
“I can attest to the popularity of travel baseball for the youth,” Commissioner Richard Firstner said. “So, I can see this generating the interest of a lot of people in the country. People spend money on this like there is no tomorrow.”
The development will come at no cost for the city. The only request from the commissioners was for the developers to hire local contractors and local professionals who can aide in the construction of the complex to bring that extra number of jobs to the city starting as early as 2023.
The project is set to break ground in late 2023 and is scheduled and expected to be completed in 2025.