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Amateur sports, airport facility on Charlotte council’s agenda

Future sports events in the Bojangles Coliseum area and a soon-to-be operating airport-rail-trucking facility will be on the Charlotte City Council’s agenda when it meets Monday evening.

Council gathers for a 5 p.m. dinner meeting, then begins its regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in the ground-level meeting chambers at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on East Fourth Street.

During the dinner meeting, council is scheduled to discuss both the sports and airport facility issues.

The $816 million community development plan approved by city council in June calls in part for development of amateur sports-related facilities and events in the area near Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium along East Independence Boulevard.

Objective of the proposal is to develop new indoor facilities, which could bring more major amateur sports events to Charlotte. Development also would include new hotels and related retail businesses.

In October, the city asked for proposal from private companies for developing the Bojangles Coliseum area. Florida-based GoodSports Enterprises Global has submitted a proposal, and city council will look at the plan during its dinner meeting.

Council also will discuss the Airport Intermodal Facility, scheduled to open next spring. The facility will be owned and operated by Norfolk Southern Railroad, on property leased to them by Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The facility, designed to coordinate shipping among air, truck and train travel, is forecast to generate $7 billion in economic impact and 5,000 jobs regionally over the next 20 years.

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