It looks like 11 acres of “almost entirely” vacant land between Boalch Ave NW and SR 202 at the corner of 14th Ave NW near Encompass and North Bend may soon become a large athletic complex – complete with outdoor synthetic turf fields and indoor courts for basketball and volleyball.
The complex is being constructed under a development agreement with the city of North Bend, for which the city’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 13, 2016 at 7PM in the City Hall Conference Room, 211 Main Ave.
The development agreement would authorize Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Assication and Bendigo Properties, LLC to construct the [private] facility – called Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Complex – under development standards and provisions established in the agreement.
City of North Bend City Planner Mike McCarthy said via email that the owners would develop the proposed private complex in two phases – with the outdoor turf fields coming first, followed by the buildings. McCarthy also said the current roadwork occurring on 14th Ave NW is unrelated to the proposed athletic complex. That work has been part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan and is finally getting its turn.
According to a site map, the athletic complex would have three indoor recreation buildings, totaling about 90,000 square feet, and four combination outdoor soccer/baseball/lacrosse/football fields, associated parking, as well as stormwater and landscape improvements.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District has plans to rent and use the private outdoor synthetic fields as a three-year, temporary home for its baseball and softball teams. The Mount Si fields were closed over the summer and are currently being excavated to become the site of the rebuilt, 355,000 square foot high school.
One of the final phases of of the Mount Si rebuild project will construct new baseball and softball fields and relocate them to the opposite end of the high school property. Those new fields are expected to be ready for the 2020 season.
At the last school board meeting, district administrators were hopeful the Snoqualmie Valley Athletic Complex fields would be ready in time for the 2017 season baseball/softball seasons.
Community members can make comments about the proposed Athletic Complex at the October 13th Public Hearing at North Bend City Hall.