Developer: No One in Clarksdale Has Attended Sports Complex Meetings

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CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Clarksdale’s “Quality of Life Commission”, the board appointed to oversee development of the city’s proposed water park, convention center and sports complex, will meet at 4 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at city hall and consider whether or not to approve ComCap Partners as the project’s financial advisor. Two weeks ago the board learned that developers have trimmed the price tag from $52 million to $39 million and that a solar developer has offered to finance and operate a $12 million, 20-acre solar farm to power the sports complex. If urban renewal bonds are in place by the end of July, construction could begin this fall and the facility could open in the spring of 2020. The project received much discussion during yesterday’s city board meeting, where developer Dwan Brown noted that no members of the public have attended any of the board’s previous meetings. Also at yesterday’s meeting of the mayor and commissioners police chief Sandra Williams received a check for $830 from John Ruskey and Quapaw Canoe Company, half of the profits from people who camped along the Sunflower River during April’s Juke Joint festival.



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