IDG Development is set to build a new $50 million facility in Coatesville called the National Sports and Events Center, which officials are hoping will put the city back on the map, writes Kenny Cooper for WHYY.
The multi-purpose complex will be constructed on the 26.3-acre site on West Lincoln Highway formerly known as the Flats.
“All of these amenities and different uses for it is just going to be a tremendous asset for the city of Coatesville,” said City Manager James Logan.
The development is just one in a growing number of projects — including the highly-anticipated Coatesville train station — that are heralding a period of revitalization and redevelopment in a city that has seen six decades of population decline and economic decay.
The new center will, in addition to sports and event spaces, also include an indoor velodrome — a first of its kind on the East Coast. The goal is to make the bicycle track a hub for Olympic-level competitions. A supportive retail space, a sports medicine provider, and a hotel are also part of the project.
Read more about the National Sports and Events Center at WHYY.