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The Mishawaka Redevelopment Commission has begun the process of purchasing additional land for fields and ice rinks at the site of a proposed regional athletic complex. The South Bend Tribune reports the city hopes to add 17 more acres to the proposed site for the facility.

The city says the project includes a $50 million, 350,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility. The publication reports the development would include eight courts for volleyball and basketball and two turf fields for indoor soccer, baseball and other activities.

According to the Tribune, the city would buy the parcel from the Penn family for $350,750. The acquisition would create a 50-acre tract for the complex and for an extension of Veterans Parkway.

Mishawaka City Planner Ken Prince told commissioners the added land would offer space for the new road and the possibility of ice rinks and outdoor fields if included as part of the final design for the athletic complex.

The Tribune reports the new property request is just one step before the athletic facility can become a reality. The city is expected to break ground on the project next summer.

You can read more about the project, including plans for funding, from the South Bend Tribune by clicking here.