Board of Supervisors green lights new indoor sports complex at old fairgrounds

Board moves forward with Placer Vineyards project in Roseville
By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Get ready for some major renovations to what will become one of the the largest indoor sports facility in the Sacramento region, according to Placer County officials.  

On Tuesday, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a portion of the Placer County Indoor Sports and Event Complex project.

The project will be built at the Placer County Fairgrounds that comprises about 61 acres of land and improvements near the intersection of Washington and Junction boulevards in Roseville, according to county officials. The fairgrounds is at 800 All America City Blvd.

It’s going to be “quite awhile” before it opens, according to Placer County Supervisor Jim  Holmes.

“The bond related to the facility will be paid off over 34 years,” Holmes said. “As far as when it’s going to be ready, we are probably looking at 2020.”

On March 21, 2017, supervisors approved an initial operating agreement with South Placer Tourism, Inc., a nonprofit corporation doing business as Placer Valley Tourism, according to a staff report.

The agreement assigned Placer Valley Tourism operation and management of the fairgrounds to a related nonprofit corporation. The entire project included collaboration from Roseville, Placer County and the Placer Valley Sports Complex, according to county officials.

Placer Valley Sports Complex Inc. conducts and promotes fairground events, including community functions, the All American Speedway and the Placer County Fair held at the fairgrounds since 1937.

On Tuesday, supervisors unanimously approved the project by adopting a resolution to certify the Placer County Sports and Event Complex Project’s final environmental impact report. They also approved and authorized a ground lease agreement with the Placer Valley Sports Complex, Inc. (PVSC), to operate in a portion of the county, according to a staff report.

The Indoor Sports and Event Complex has a total fiscal impact for this related portion of $4,000,000.

Placer County Supervisor Jack Duran was excited that the project is moving forward.

“I’m just really tickled to death about this project,” Duran said. “The collaboration that the city, county and other individuals who’ve come together and have had remained focused on a vision to repurpose this site.”

The new sports complex will be of service to all county residents, according to Duran.

“The residents of Roseville are residents of the county, and what we do for them, we do for ourselves at a county level,” Duran said. “I just wanted to say thank you for all the effort people put into this project and putting it together.”

This project alleviated tension from some county residents, according to Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery.

“I just want to thank everyone who has worked on this because it has taken a lot of angry emails off my inbox regarding this project,” Montgomery said.

Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes appreciates the project.

“This project has really come a long way,,” Holmes said.  


In other county news

The Placer Vineyards Specific Plan is an approved specific plan consisting of 5,230

acres of land in the southwest corner of Placer County. It will be about 15 miles north of Sacramento.

The plan includes constructing 14,132 dwelling units plus commercial, retail, office, professional land uses, government and public facility land uses, according to the county staff report.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the development agreements, along with several resolutions and community facility districts pertaining to moving the project forward.

Duran was pleased that the project is finally coming to fruition.

“Over the last eight  years, there was a lot of action taken by this board,” Duran said. “There were many projects that we focused on moving forward and this is one of those projects we as a board made sure to move forward.”

Duran expressed his appreciation for all involved in the lengthy process.

“I’m very happy to see staff, the developer and the board show guidance and patience throughout this process and thank you to everyone for working with us and hanging in there on  this project,” Duran said.