Lakewood Village Trustee and future Village President Paul Serwatka received the following information and Lakewood’s contraversial SportsPlex from a friend.
Note that it is now being called a “Community Center” as well as a SportsPlex. “Community Center is a word that must be used in a type of funding available from the U.S. Agriculture Department.
My apologies for “talking business” on New Years Day, but, I feel it necessary to pass this information along, today, because of it’s potentially enormous ramifications and in case the need for a call-to-action becomes imminent.
I originally intended only to send “Happy New Year” wishes to all of you – wishing all the best in the upcoming year, as well as to share my enthusiasm and excitement for what this year promises for our village…
But, yesterday evening (NYE), however, I had a potential “bombshell” of sorts dropped in my lap and I’m currently looking into it as I write this update to you. This may, in fact, turn out to be nothing to worry about, but, I wanted to share, with everyone, what I have learned, just in case it does turn out to be something more and we need to act fast.
In my December 14th Newsletter, I shared that I had just been informed, days before, that the principles of Chicago Sportsplex had been at our village hall, speaking with our Interim Village Manager.
I was told that it was a very brief conversation, “just to inform her that they were still looking to procure financing and hoping to have something more to present at a future date.”
That is all I was told.
I do have to say that it struck me as odd that such time and effort were spent on such a simple, non-substantive communication. It would seem that such a communication would be conveyed via a simple email or phone call.
Yesterday evening, I received a call from a contractor friend, outside of Lakewood, asking for some insight as to an “invitation to bid” that he received. I was a bit alarmed at what I was then told.
The “Invitation To Bid” Cover Letter is copied below – Note the dates:
(Note the term “Community Center” is now, also being used. You may recall my June 2015 Newsletter informing residents that the Sportsplex principles were attempting to procure Federal Funds from the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and in doing so, it would be ESSENTIAL that the Sportplex would henceforth be described as a “Community Center”.)
Invitation To Bid
Lakewood Community Center / Chicagoland Sportsplex
McHenry County – Lakewood, IL
Bids Due: 01/06/2017 03:00 PM Central
Mass development of an existing golf course and greenfield site into a sports tournament and training center in Lakewood, IL. The Design-Build program shall consist of two separate projects: the Chicagoland Sportsplex and the Lakewood Community Center.
The Lakewood Community center will include: Activity Center Building (133,550 SF) and Community Center Building (60,000 SF), Basketball/Volleyball Courts, Indoor Soccer Fields (synthetic turf), Community Rooms, Office and Administrative Space, Divisible Meeting Rooms, Lockers with Restrooms/Shower Facilities, associated Concessions/Vending/Kitchen, a Fitness Center, and an exterior Multi-Purpose Event Space (Artificial Turf).
The Chicagoland Sportsplex shall include competition level (11) Soccer Fields, Adult and Youth Baseball/Softball Fields, Batting Cages, Practice/Warm Up Area, Playgrounds, Comfort Stations, Splash pads, Site Restrooms, Press Box Structures, and Concessions.
All site infrastructure (parking, site utilities, mass grading and earthwork) shall be included in the Chicagoland Sportsplex project scope. Design is anticipated to begin May 2017, start of Chicagoland Sportsplex construction in September 2017, start of construction for the Lakewood Community Center in April 2018, and final completion in August 2019.
Included in this Invitation to bid, were a hundred or so pages including; Drawings, plans and schedules that I have not yet worked my way through. Below is one referred to only as “Schedule” that included more dates.
2 Submit Conceptual GMP 0 days Wed 1/11/17 Wed 1/11/17 10FF
3 Notice to Proceed 0 days Fri 4/28/17 Fri 4/28/17 12FF
4 Start Construction ‐ Chicagoland Sportsplex 0 days Mon 7/3/17 Mon 7/3/17 16SS
5 Complete Design and Permitting 0 days Mon 7/31/17 Mon 7/31/17 13FF
6 Start Construction ‐ Lakewood Community Center 0 days Mon 4/2/18 Mon 4/2/18 19SS
7 Lakewood Community Center Completed 0 days Fri 11/30/18 Fri 11/30/18 20FF
8 Chicagoland Sportsplex Completed 0 days Fri 8/30/19 Fri 8/30/19 24FF,23FF
9 Preconstruction 163 days Thu 12/15/16 Mon 7/31/17
10 Submit Conceptual GMP 20 days Thu 12/15/16 Wed 1/11/17
11 Review and Award Contract 57 days Thu 1/12/17 Fri 3/31/17 2,10
12 Issue Notice to Proceed 20 days Mon 4/3/17 Fri 4/28/17 11
13 Construction Design Development and Permitting 66 days Mon 5/1/17 Mon 7/31/17 12
14 Issue Site Development Package 45 days Mon 5/1/17 Fri 6/30/17 13SS
15 Construction 565 days Mon 7/3/17 Fri 8/30/19
16 Phase I ‐ Mass Grading and Site Work (West) 65 days Mon 7/3/17 Fri 9/29/17 14
17 Phase II ‐ Mass Grading and Site Work (East) 65 days Mon 10/2/17 Fri 12/29/17 16
18 Winter ‐ Minor Activity 65 days Mon 1/1/18 Fri 3/30/18 17
19 Phase III ‐ Lakewood Community Center Construction 130 days Mon 4/2/18 Fri 9/28/18 18
20 Site Buildings and Ball Fields Construction 175 days Mon 4/2/18 Fri 11/30/18 18
21 Natural Turf Development 196 days Mon 4/2/18 Mon 12/31/18 18
22 Winter ‐ Minor Activity 64 days Tue 1/1/19 Fri 3/29/19 19,20,21
23 Natural Turf Development Complete 110 days Mon 4/1/19 Fri 8/30/19 22
24 Artificial Turf Development 110 days Mon 4/1/19 Fri 8/30/19 22
Again, this may all turn out to be a completely routine step/process and schedule as they continue in their efforts to procure funds.
The contractor who provided this information, however, is pretty convinced that this indicates that funds are likely already in order and that they are taking the next steps to actually begin the development.
I will be looking deeply into this! That much I promise you!
It is NOT my intent to “jump the gun”, “go off half-cocked” “spread false rumors” or “incite fear”.
Again, I acknowledge that this may very well be nothing more than just a routine step.
This entire Sportsplex development may very well still be in the infant “pipe-dream” stage as we are told it is, by our village administration and President.
I only pass this information along to you because I, regrettably, share in the concerns that MANY of you have expressed – that in light of our upcoming April election and the likelihood of change that is coming – that those currently in control may attempt to lock-in something like the Sportsplex development to prevent the new team from potentially stopping it after the election.
I promise you, I will keep you informed as I learn more.