Stories to follow in 2019: League City officials poised to sign agreement for major development

WHAT WE REPORTED The League City City Council on Oct. 30 approved a predevelopment agreement with Western Spherical Developers to build an entertainment hub on the site of the Chester L. Davis Sportsplex and build a new, bigger sportsplex on the city’s south side. The city’s goal is for no taxpayer money to fund the $460 million worth of developments.

THE LATEST City officials and the developer are preparing to sign a development agreement that would see construction begin. Officials have set a target date of Jan. 31 to sign the agreement, but if that deadline is not met it will be in the first quarter of 2019, said David Hoover, League City’s economic development director.

League City will continue to own the land Epicenter League City is built upon, and city officials are trying to find a fair price at which to lease the land. As soon as the development agreement is signed, contractors will begin building the new sportsplex, Hoover said.

“It’s a lot of stuff to knock out in two or three months,” he said.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.