Construction of the first phase of the Kino South Sports Complex is underway with more than 160 acres cleared for multiuse fields.
The 12 lighted fields with natural grass will be suitable for rugby, football, soccer or lacrosse. There will also be a 20-court pickleball facility, parking for nearly 800 vehicles and a central promenade area with picnic-style seating, concessions and locker rooms.
The project was identified and approved in Pima County’s 2012-2014 Economic Development Plan, and the county pulled a $833,868 permit to start Phase I. The total project has an estimated value of $26 million.
Officials hope to attract regional and national tournaments to the sports complex.
The facility is at 2345 E. Benson Highway and is expected to be complete next year.
Other construction activity around town includes:
- A $3.5 million permit was issued for the new JTED school at 3300 S. Park Ave
- The growing southeast side is getting a new $1.2 million library at 10931 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way
- Pima County pulled a $1 million permit for office upgrades at 150 W. Congress St
- A factory shell is going up at 6721 S. Renaissance Drive
- The 14,400-square-foot facility got a permit for $838,080.
- The HSL Center of Opportunity got a permit of $831,538 for its 6,160-square-foot center at 4550 S. Palo Verde Road
- The University Medical Center Corp. is doing an $800,00 remodel of its compounding pharmacy at 3838 N. Campbell Ave
- The National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute got a $700,000 permit for its 24,950-square-foot training center at 3265 E. Universal Way
- A warehouse/office development at 2450 W. Ruthrauff Road got five permits valued at $543,425 for tenant improvements.
- A $425,618 permit was issued for the urgent care center going into The Crossing at Sahuarita shopping center, 18773 S. Nogales Highway