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:

Information on building permits from R.L. Brown Reports, rlbrownreports.com

Contact reporter Gabriela Rico at grico@tucson.com or Facebook.com/DailyStarBiz

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Gabriela's newspaper career began at the Tucson Citizen in '86 as the "movie-times girl" where she'd call local theaters for showtimes. Since then, she's written about crime, education, immigration, trade and business. She's been with the Star since 2007.