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Sports Complex Planned For Cascade
CASCADE TOWNSHIP — MVP Sports plans to replace golf balls with basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and lacrosse balls when it opens a new multi-sport facility behind the Meijer superstore at 28th Street and Kraft Avenue SE. The proposed MVP team sports center will take the place of
MVP Sportsplex GR LLC recently submitted a site plan for review by
Tom Leamon, who owns the golf business, said that he was not surprised to learn that Visser Development, from whom he leases the range, was planning to sell the property.
"Like all golf ranges, they're for sale when they reach their highest potential use. In other words, the land is worth more than the golf business itself," he said. "It doesn't produce the kind of money that buildings and other things will produce."
Financial details about the transaction were not available, but Leamon said that Visser had been asking $2.5 million for the land. He said that he will continue to operate the range as usual, believing that it will be many months before the deal moves forward.
Karl Droppers, vice president of MVP Sports Clubs, was more guarded in his enthusiasm about the project.
"Where it stands today is that we have an option on two pieces of property, and we're evaluating a product and a building. We haven't purchased it. We haven't transacted it. We haven't gone through any municipal (process). We've had a few introductory meetings. We're looking at the possibility of a project," he said. "This is all contingent on if we buy the property, at the end of the day. So we're doing our due diligence to see if the project makes sense, if it's the right parcel and the right project for that site."
Although the project is in its early stages, Droppers said, it looks promising.
"The township has been accommodating to us. We feel that it's potentially a good project and a good fit for our sports business," he said. "But there are a number of other things that have to be evaluated before we complete the transaction and move forward."
If the deal goes through, this would be MVP's fourth sports and health facility. The other three are owned as joint ventures between Amway co-founder Rich DeVos's RDV Corp. and local hospitals. A partnership between
The preliminary introduction of the project will be on the