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Hope Soccer Complex To Be Leased

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- It was a contract both the city of Lansing and a private company agreed on just in the last month.

Effective July 28th Mid Michigan Sports Turf LLC will take over the lease of Keeneth A. Hope soccer complex for about 5 years.

Maintaining the grounds at Kenneth Hope Soccer Complex has been the job of an Ingham county employee for almost two decades, but will end in just three weeks.

"Ingham county parks commission was asked to look at the budget, the county is still looking at cuts, were not back up with revenue were we need to be and one of the recommendations was to not renew the lease with the city," said Ingham County Board Commissioners Vice Chair Rebecca Bahar-Cook.

That May recommendation was all Mayor Bernero needed to look for an alternative, not only did he find one, he signed a lease.

"The county commissioners did not have a chance to discuss it, we haven't had a chance to look at it or do anything else, I would have liked the opportunity to find it in the funding personally," Bahar-Cook said.

Bahar-Cook says it's been operating at a loss the last few years, but only needs about another $5,000 to keep it running.

"We're grateful for the 15 years we've had, we're prepared to turn the page to do something new and there is an opportunity to do that," said Mayor Bernero.

An opportunity the mayor feels didn't need council's approval.

Agreeing to a lease with Mid-Michigan Turf Sports LLC for 59 months a month short of requiring a council vote.

"I'm happy to have the council's advice, it's important that they vote on the budget and that they pass ordinances, but when it comes to real estate, I'm in charge of real estate for the city," Bernero said.

And with the current contract set to expire on July 27th, he decided to act.

Julie Mullin looks to invest a million dollars by the fall to add a turf facility, the first of it's kind for the area and says Lansing has everything to gain.

"And if nothing else we walk away at the end of 59 months and the city of Lansing has an artificial field with lights and beautiful fields," Mullin said.

But both the mayor and Mullin are confident this will be a win win for all players involved.

Mullin says she plans to pay off her investment within five years and if the plan goes well to extend an offer to city council in 2015 to extend their contract for another 20 to 25 years.@


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