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St. Louis County Soccer Park Plans Stir Arguments on Council

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One St. Louis County Councilman has been trying to get a state-of-the-art soccer complex built in Creve Coeur Park for three years now.

But now that it’s finally on the council docket, he says he’s not happy.

Councilman Mike O’Mara hasn’t been able to get funding for his project until this year, with the Dooley administration claiming it’ll cost too much money.

But at Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Dooley proposed $4 million in bonds and an agreement for a soccer complex, with fields in Creve Coeur Park and in Chesterfield.

The Chesterfield MultiSport Complex that Dooley is proposing would be built on donated property off Highway 40. The complex would feature eight athletic fields that Dolley says could also be used for rugby, sand volleyball, and lacrosse matches, along with a 125-room Marriott Hotel to provide lodging for traveling players and their families.

O’Mara says he wasn’t even consulted about this project.

He says he still wants it to happen, but he’s got some reservations about Dooley’s version. He also questioned why Dooley set the agreement up now, suggesting it’s an election year-ploy.

Dooley says that has nothing to do with it.

“People want this,” he says. “We’ve got these three clubs that want to do it, and it make sense.”

The Council will have to vote on the proposal in the coming weeks.

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