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In Search Of Developer To Make Bojangles’ Coliseum An Amateur Sports Center

The City of Charlotte has put out a call for proposals to redevelop Bojangles’ Coliseum into an amateur sports center.  The city has agreed to pay $25 million to upgrade the coliseum and buy land beside the property for parking. 

The city is looking for a private developer to build a 150-room hotel and a sports facility that includes at least eight basketball courts that can be adapted to other uses. 

“It’s the creative side of the private sector determining how these will be built, how they’ll be oriented to one another, how they might be operated, and,  ultimately, how they might be marketed,” says Deputy City Manager Ron Kimball. 

He says the city’s goal is to increase the tax base and help revitalize the east side. 

The deadline for proposals is November 22.  The city expects to pick a developer early next year and break ground on the project in 2015.

Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.