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If GoodSports’ first project is any indication, then Greenwood won’t be getting a hotel and sports complex as soon as expected.

GoodSports announced in April that it would build a 124-room hotel and field house near County Line and Graham roads, with a goal of opening next year.

The city agreed to spend $2 million in tax-increment financing district money on roads, sewer and other infrastructure for its property.

But the company, started by Jerald Good, founder and owner of Focus Hospitality Services, has yet to build its first GoodSports project.

Focus Hospitality Services owns 20 hotels in Indiana, Michigan and Kansas.

The Greenwood GoodSports complex was to come after the company built facilities in Huber Heights, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; and Chesterfield, Missouri. The projects are designed for athletes who want a fitness center for when they travel and for tournaments for traveling sports leagues including basketball and volleyball.

GoodSports site No. 1 in Huber Heights, Ohio, has hit some snags holding up construction.

The hotel and field house near Dayton, Ohio, originally were slated to open next April, but construction hasn’t started, and the opening date has been pushed back twice, assistant city manager Scott Falkowski said.

The company is now on schedule to open its first location in September 2015 and could start construction at any time, he said. So far, the city hasn’t had any concerns about giving GoodSports more time, he said. A company representative was unavailable to answer questions.

“We want them to get it right,” Falkowski said.

Huber Heights is giving GoodSports the land for the project but hasn’t transferred the property to the company yet because it wasn’t ready to start building, he said. Huber Heights will take back the 6 acres if the company hasn’t built the complex by September 2015, he said.

Changes to the design of the buildings and delays in getting financing have postponed construction, Falkowski said. For example, the company changed the designs of some of the hotel rooms to cater to weekday business travelers and changed the style of the building’s exterior bricks, he said.

“On their end, things weren’t moving as quickly. Also, this is the first one, and they’ve been changing the plans as they go,” he said.

Huber Heights is building a music center that GoodSports will neighbor. A local sports restaurant chain also is building nearby.

The music center will share a parking lot with GoodSports, and the city is extending infrastructure, such as water lines, to the GoodSports site in connection with building the open-air concert venue.

“We’re waiting on them right now, but we have no worries at all,” Falkowski said.

The company announced in April that it planned to build 25 of the hotel and field house complexes within the next four years and expected to break ground on the Greenwood location this fall.

GoodSports is buying 12 acres of land for the sports complex in Greenwood. The infrastructure work the city is planning to pay for will make two other lots also ready for development near Graham and County Line roads.

The sporting goods retailer Cabela’s previously planned to construct a destination store at the Greenwood site but never built. A water park also was planned for the area, but plans were withdrawn when the Cabela’s project fell through in 2008.

County Line 101 Partners currently owns 100 acres in that area, which the company is dividing for individual projects, such as GoodSports.

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