HUTTO, Texas — The City of Hutto is moving forward with a planned sports development project.
The Perfect Game baseball development was the focus of a town hall meeting at the Hutto City Council chambers on Tuesday evening.
The City hopes to construct the mixed-use sports, entertainment and residential district near Highway 79 and County Road 132. The project was originally a partnership between the City of Hutto, Perfect Game, Wolverine Interests LLC and Sports Facility Advisory and Sports Facility Management.
When the plan was initially announced in April, it was projected to bring $800 million in investments to the City of Hutto.
In August, KVUE reported that the City of Hutto had ended its partnership with Wolverine, a Dallas-based investment firm that was hired to develop and help pay for the project. The City said the firm could not perform and pay for the land.
Wolverine and the City of Hutto then sued each other.
Last month, Hutto chose a new investor and developer for the project.
At Tuesday's town hall, leaders said the development creates a lot of opportunities to attract visitors and boost Hutto's economy.
"In the past, it's always been that our money goes out of Hutto, but now money's going to be coming into Hutto," Mayor Doug Gaul said.
But not everyone's happy with the idea of building a big complex just east of Fritz Park. People who live nearby said they're worried about what construction will do to their quiet communities.
"The homes for animals, the wildlife is negatively impacted. Sound is negatively impacted. The streets are too narrow as it is for getting in and out of the school," Gabrielle Breda said.
Early plans for the Perfect Game development included an indoor sports and events center and a hotel.
The development is supposed to open in 2021.
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