Monticello city council members approved three measures on Monday aimed at accommodating a proposed indoor sports complex on the east side of town.
First up was a measure approving a zoning change of 3.295 acres of land to the east of Monticello Middle School from Urban Residential to Business.
The property is currently farmland, but upon annexation would automatically become Urban Residential by state law.
“That designation is not appropriate for any new development,” said City Administrator Terry Summers. “A business zone would be suitable for this type of use.”
Next up was an ordinance annexing the property – the proposed home of Pregame Sports – into the city.
The final act was plat approval for “Basak Acres,” the name chosen by developers Chris and Samantha Basak.
The couple plans to construct a 27,000-square-foot indoor training facility that would have an indoor turf surface and nets for batting cages, a party room, and cardio machines for parents who are waiting on their kids to get done with practice and camps.
Also anticipated is space for the Monticello Wrestling Club and Monticello Gymnastics.
Chris Basak was asked when he would be breaking ground for the effort.
“As soon as possible,” he told the council. “We’ll be up and running hopefully by the end of the year.”
Alderman Mike Koon asked about any drainage concerns, since the property is located near a city detention basin.
“For the site plan, we’ll submit drainage calculations for that area in regard to stormwater detention,” responded city capital improvement project manager Brett Baker.