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CHARLOTTE, N.C. East Charlotte business leaders learned more about a proposed amateur sports complex at Bojangles Coliseum Tuesday. A representative from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority outlined the plan by developer GoodSports and showed artistic renderings of the hotel, field house and parking garage.

We really want to educate them about what's envisioned out at that property, and get them involved in the discussion, said Steve Bagwell, vice president of facilities with CRVA.

The project comes with a $97 million price tag, two-thirds covered by private financing. The remainder of the cost would be paid for by the city s capital improvement plan and hospitality funds, pending Charlotte City Council approval. The city s already purchased the Econolodge next door for $3.5 million, where a possible parking garage would be located.

Despite some concerns about costs and traffic, the east side business leaders embraced the concept at Tuesday s meeting.

I think it would generate a lot of jobs, it would generate a lot of income for a lot of people, said Beth Burleson, east Charlotte resident.

City council is expected to decide on the proposal over the summer. If approved, Bagwell said construction could start in early fall, and the work could be completed by early 2016.

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