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Middle school in south Charlotte to host 'state-of-the-art' sports complex

Master plan for the sports complex, as provided to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Master plan for the sports complex, as provided to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

A middle school near Interstate 485 in southeast Charlotte could soon be home to a “state-of-the-art” sports complex.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is planning to lease space at Jay M. Robinson Middle, which is on Ballantyne Commons Parkway near Providence Road, to a company that will construct facilities for weightlifting, football, baseball, tennis, track and field, and other sports.

The school board approved a resolution of intent with United States Performance Center LLC for a 50-year lease of the site in late May. The board will still have to give a final approval later. By law, the district has to offer up the land to Mecklenburg County first.

A 51,600-square-foot indoor training center, a field and three tennis courts would be designated for private use, according to a document filed with CMS.

Most everything else would be shared with the school and the public, including a 5K trail with fitness stations, batting cages, volleyball courts and other multipurpose sports fields.

The project could take as long as 10 years to complete.

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