Winchester Awaits News On Sports Complex

WINCHESTER, KY -- Developer Kenneth Bardwell and an entourage wearing business suits approached the governing body of a small township near Detroit with a thick binder full of plans for Bardwell's dream.

What Bardwell presented to the board of trustees in Huron Township excited the community of nearly 14,000: a multimillion-dollar recreational facility with basketball courts, an ice arena, workout area and pools.

The development would create jobs and inject life into the waning southeastern Michigan economy.

But in the months that followed, township leaders say they never received proof that Bardwell, 51, could pay for such a "grandiose" project.

Then "Mr. Bardwell just kind of went away," said John Enos, municipal services director for Huron Township.

That was in 2006.

Nearly three years later, Bardwell and his development company, Motown Technology and Sports, have re-emerged. This time, in Kentucky.

Several months ago, Bardwell's group began talks with Clark County about a $300 million sports and recreation center. Bardwell and county officials announced in January that Winchester was among six finalists for the project.

The announcement brought to Clark County the same hopes that three small Michigan cities once experienced, reports the Lexington Herald Leader.

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  • by John Location: KY on Feb 23, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    Looks like the leaders in the county would have learned something from this company's previous encounters.
  • by Anna Location: Winchester on Feb 22, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    I would like to see Winchester implement a recycling program and some sort of beautification project/s. This tired old place needs some refreshing new ideas and I don't think a sports complex is the answer.
  • by BillC2 Location: Kentucky on Feb 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    STOP, LOOK LISTEN WHAT OTHERS SAY.. Do this more than once or twice. Investigate the previous attempts for the good of Clark County. Sounds way to good to be true AND PROBABLY IS!!! LOOK HARD BEFORE LEAPING. 2nd thought---DON'T LEAP JUST PUT A TOE BARELY IN THE WATER..


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