WESTFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – The city of Westfield voted to build a new football stadium for its high school on Monday night.
The issue was discussed at a city council meeting that was standing room only.
The city would spend a total of $2.5 million dollars on the project. The money would come in two installments from the proceeds raised by the sale of Westfield’s water company to Citizens Energy.
A spokesman for the city said the first installment would be $1.5 million. The remaining $1 million would be paid when the work is done.
The new stadium will be built on Westfield Washington Schools land between Westfield High School and US 31. The investment approved Monday will allow construction to begin as soon as possible.
Moving the stadium gives Westfield an opportunity for new development at the current site along US 31 at State Road 32. The road improvements being made by the state at US 31 make that corner “prime real estate” for developers.
A project called “The Junction” is being discussed for the 14 acres of land that are now home to the current stadium, track, baseball fields and the administration building. The city describes The Junction as “a development that is zoned General Business and will contain medical, office, fitness, lodging, senior residential, restaurants and entertainment.”
The proposal was only introduced on Monday and it still needs several levels of approval before construction can begin.
To see the football stadium plans, click here.